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Management Plan for Atlantic Sharks are limited to daily take, trip and possession limits as specified in that federal permit. Regardless of where fishing, a person aboard a vessel for which a Federal Shark Permit has been issued shall not retain, possess, barter, trade, or exchange shark of any species group for which the commercial quota has been reached and the season closed in federal waters.

H.1.A vessel that has been issued or possesses a Federal Commercial Directed or Incidental Limited Access Shark Permit or Federal Shark Research Permit issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service under the Federal Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Sharks shall not possess on any trip, or land from any trip, or sell, barter, trade, or exchange large coastal species in excess of the designated trip limits, as established under the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Plan and published in the Federal Register, regardless of where taken. Vessels that have been issued or that possess a Federal Commercial Directed or Incidental Limited Access Shark Permit or Federal Shark Research Permit may only possess or sell, barter, trade, or exchange one limit per vessel per day, where that limit is identified for that permit by NMFS. No person shall purchase, barter, trade, or exchange shark in excess of the designated trip limits or from any person who does not possess a Commercial State Shark Permit or Federal Commercial Directed or Incidental Limited Access Permit or Federal Shark Research Permit, if applicable.

2.Persons possessing a Commercial State Shark Permit but no Federal Shark Permit shall not possess on any one day, or on any trip, or land from any trip, or sell, barter, trade, or exchange in excess of 33 sharks per vessel from the large coastal species group, taken from Louisiana state waters. Persons possessing a Commercial State Shark Permit shall not possess any sandbar sharks unless they also have in their name and in possession a valid Federal Shark Research Permit under 50CFR635.32(1).
3.Wholesale/retail seafood dealers who receive, purchase, trade for, or barter for Atlantic sharks, taken from the EEZ, from a fishing vessel must possess a valid Federal Dealer Permit.

I.A person aboard a vessel for which a Federal Commercial Directed or Incidental Limited Access Shark Permit or Federal Shark Research Permit has been issued, or persons aboard a vessel fishing for or possessing shark in the EEZ shall comply with all applicable federal regulations.

J.Fins

1.The practice of "finning," that is, removing only the fins and returning the remainder of the shark to the sea, is prohibited within and without Louisiana waters.
2.All sharks possessed by a recreational fisherman shall be maintained with head and fins intact and shall not be skinned until set or put on shore.
3.Dealers purchasing sharks from state or federal waters must report the landings by species, and must specify the total shark fin numbers, values and weights separately from the weights, values and numbers of the shark carcasses. If a harvester retains the fins after offloading from the fishing vessel, the harvester must also be licensed as a wholesale/retail dealer, and must complete and file a trip ticket that includes the numbers and weights of fins retained immediately after being offloaded from the fishing vessel. Later transactions of fins must have documentation referring
to the original trip ticket number for those fins. Such numbers and weights must be recorded on dealer records in compliance with R.S. 56:306.5 and R.S. 56:306.6.
4.Shark fins shall not be possessed aboard a fishing vessel unless naturally attached to the original shark carcass by at least some portion of uncut skin.
5.All sharks possessed aboard a commercial fishing vessel shall have fins including the tail intact and naturally attached to the shark carcass by at least some portion of uncut skin.
6.It is illegal to replace sharks that are onboard a fishing vessel for retention with sharks of higher quality or size that are caught later in a particular trip.

K.Prohibited Species

1.No person shall take, possess, purchase, sell, barter, exchange or attempt to possess, purchase, sell, barter, or exchange any of the following species or parts thereof:
a.basking shark-Cetorhinus maximus;
b.white shark-Carcharodon carcharias;
c.bigeye sand tiger-Odontaspis noronhai;
d.sand tiger-Odontaspis taurus;
e.whale shark-Rhincodon typus;
f.smalltooth sawfish-Pristis pectinata;
g.largetooth sawfish-Pristis pristis;
h.Atlantic angel shark-Squatina dumerili;
i.Caribbean sharpnose shark-Rhizoprionodon porosus;
j.smalltail shark-Carcharhinus porosus;
k.bignose shark-Carcharhinus altimus;
l.Caribbean reef shark-Carcharhinus perezi;
m.dusky shark-Carcharhinus obscurus;
n.Galapagos shark-Carcharhinus galapagensis;
o.narrowtooth shark-Carcharhinus brachyurus;
p.night shark-Carcharhinus signatus;
q.bigeye sixgill shark-Hexanchus vitulus;
r.bigeye thresher shark-Alopias superciliosus;
s.longfin mako shark-Isurus paucus;
t.sevengill shark-Heptranchias perlo;
u.sixgill shark-Hexanchus griseus.
2.Notwithstanding other provisions of this Part, a person may fish for, but not retain, white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) with rod and reel only under a Catch and Release Program, provided the person releases and returns such fish to the sea immediately with a minimum of injury.
3.Notwithstanding other provisions of this Part, smalltooth sawfish or largetooth sawfish may be possessed as authorized by a special scientific and educational collecting permit issued by the department under R.S. 56:318, including whatever conditions that the department may deem necessary to ensure the maintenance and protection of the species. Nothing herein shall prohibit the possession of smalltooth sawfish or largetooth sawfish, or parts thereof, that were possessed prior to the effective date of this rule.

L.No person aboard any vessel shall transfer or cause the transfer of sharks between vessels on state or federal waters. Standard menhaden harvesting activities do not constitute transfer of sharks between vessels at sea.

M.Seasonal Closures

1.All Louisiana state waters out to the seaward boundary of the Louisiana Territorial Sea shall be closed to

Louisiana Register   Vol. 34, No. 10   October 20, 2008

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