PORTLAND, Maine — Interstate regulators are planning to review the status of several species of coastal sharks that are managed by fishing authorities.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is meeting on May 1 in Arlington, Virginia, to consider the status of the sharks. The commission’s Coastal Sharks Management Board will start by reviewing the results of a stock assessment of North Atlantic shortfin mako sharks.

The board will also review the results of a stock assessment of sandbar shark and provide an update about the Endangered Species Act listing status for the oceanic whitetip shark.

The commission manages coastal fisheries from Maine to Florida.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.