Commercial Fisheries Advisories

IIn conjunction with Defra and the MMO, the Shark Trust has released 23 Commercial Fisheries Advisories to assist the commercial fishing industry and fisheries management agencies through the provision of rapid access to the legislative status of sharks, skates and rays in UK and EU waters.

All Advisories for sharks and skates & rays can be downloaded below. To accompany these you may also find the Shark Trust's Shark, Skate & Ray ID Guides useful.


Please note:

1. TACs and restrictions for some species may have changed since 2014.

2. New Advisories have been created for deepwater sharks (Prohibited and Zero TAC), Reef and Manta Ray, mobula rays, sawfishes and the Smooth Lanternshark.

3. These Advisories are intended to assist commercial fishermen and fisheries management agencies only.

4. Recreational anglers should be aware of the following information:

5. Fishmarkets and seafood retailers should be aware that Porbeagle Shark (Lamna nasus) is now listed under Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). This means the import of Porbeagle Shark into the UK must be accompanied by an appropriate permit. For more information please contact your relevant fisheries management organisation.

6. Legislation was correct at time of printing (March 2015). As TACs and quotas are met or altered some Advisories may be subject to change - the Shark Trust will issue updates when they arise.


Sharks:

Angelshark Fisheries Advisory. Basking Shark Fisheries Advisory. Deepwater Sharks Prohibited Fisheries Advisory. Deepwater Sharks Zero TAC Fisheries Advisory.
Angelshark/Monkfish
(pdf)

 
Basking Shark
(pdf)

 
Deepwater Sharks
Prohibited (pdf)

 
Deepwater Sharks
Zero TAC (pdf)

 
Hammerheads Fisheries Advisory. Oceanic Whitetip Shark Fisheries Advisory. Porbeagle Shark Fisheries Advisory. Silky Shark Fisheries Advisory.

Hammerheads
(pdf)

Oceanic Whitetip Shark
(pdf)

 
Porbeagle Shark
(pdf)

 
Silky Shark
(pdf)

 
Smooth Lanternshark Fisheries Advisory. Spiny Dogfish / Spurdog Fisheries Advisory. Thresher Sharks Fisheries Advisory. Tope Fisheries Advisory.
Smooth Lanternshark
(pdf)

 

Spiny Dogfish / Spurdog
(pdf)

Thresher Sharks
(pdf)

 
Tope
(pdf)

 
White Shark Fisheries Advisory.      
White Shark
(pdf)
     

Skates and Rays:

Black Skate Fisheries Advisory. Common Skate Fisheries Advisory. Guitarfishes Fisheries Advisory. Manta Rays Fisheries Advisory.
Black Skate
(pdf)

 
Common Skate
(pdf)

 
Guitarfishes
(pdf)

 
Manta Rays
(pdf)

 
Mobula Rays Fisheries Advisory. Sawfishes Fisheries Advisory. Starry Skate Fisheries Advisory. Coming soon...
Mobula Rays
(pdf)

 
Sawfishes
(pdf)

 
Starry Skate
(pdf)

 
Undulate Ray
(pdf)
 
White Skate Fisheries Advisory. Skates and Rays Reporting Fisheries Advisory.    
White Skate
(pdf)
Skate & Ray Reporting
(pdf)