|Shortfin Mako 90-day Finding|
NOAA Fisheries published a 90-day finding on a petition to list the shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to designate critical habitat concurrent with the listing. This finding states that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted. The NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources is initiating a status review of the species to determine whether listing under the ESA is warranted. To ensure this status review is comprehensive, the agency is soliciting scientific and commercial information regarding this species. The deadline for providing scientific and commercial information is June 14. For more information please go to the NOAA Fisheries website or the Federal Register.Fishery Bulletins and Notices Visit NOAA Fisheries’ Rules & Regulations directory to learn more about recent federal management actions affecting Atlantic highly migratory species. Visit our WebsiteSubscribe to Atlantic HMS News
Regulations on recreational mako fishing are already so strict that it’s almost impossible to hold the traditional tournaments for them. Those sharks take so long to mature and produce so few young that it’s always seemed to me to be a miracle that they have managed to survive in the face of ever greater fishing pressure.
A small craft advisory is going up at 6 p.m. and continues through late Friday night. The Friday forecast is for northwest winds at 15-20 knots with gusts to 25 and a chance of morning rain — but the weekend looks good.
The Big Mohawk from Belmar had poor conditions Wednesday though some blackfish up to about 8 pounds were caught along with a cod.