Angler Recording Project Results

Thank you to all shark, skate and ray anglers who have taken part in the Angler Recording Project. The number of anglers keen to help the Shark Trust develop an accurate and independent dataset on the distribution and abundance of inshore sharks, skates and rays (known collectively as elasmobranchs) continues to grow - at present our database holds records of over 1000 elasmobranchs, caught on 265 fishing trips.

Chart showing total elasmobranchs recorded © Shark Trust.

Dogfish, known to marine biologists as Smallspotted Catsharks, have been caught in the greatest number, followed by Blue Sharks, with anglers reporting one of the best seasons in years for this species. Smoothhound also feature strongly in reporting, along with Starry, Common and ‘unidentified’ smoothhounds making up sixteen per-cent of all elasmobranchs recorded. For the rays, Blondes and Thornbacks have been recorded in the greatest numbers, which is not surprising.

The most unusual catch record so far is an 8 lb. Marbled Torpedo Ray (Torpedo marmorata), caught off the coast of Bournemouth. These rays need to be handled with care, as they can pack a 200 volt punch!

The Southwest corner of the UK remains the core for participation, although records are coming in from Northern Ireland, Anglesey, Liverpool Bay and the Southeast of England, there are still plenty of gaps around the coastline that need records.

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