Commercial Fisheries Advisories

In conjunction with Defra, the Shark Trust has released 24 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, EU and international waters.

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

Download the Commercial Fisheries Advisory Poster for 2016 (pdf)

Please note:

1. TACs and restrictions for some species may have changed since 2015.

2. A new Advisory has been created for the Small-eyed Ray (Raja microocellata): 'Prompt release' is now required in ICES Areas IIa, IV, VI, VIIa-c, VIIe & VIIh-k. The Advisory below reflects amendments confirmed by the European Commission at the 2016 March Fisheries Council.

3. The Skate and Ray Catch Reporting Advisory has been amended to include a requirement for the prompt release of Blonde Rays (Raja brachyura) in ICES area IIa. The Advisory below reflects amendments confirmed by the European Commission at the 2016 March Fisheries Council.

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

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

6. 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.

7. Legislation was correct as of February 2016. As TACs and quotas are met or altered, some Advisories may be subject to change - the Shark Trust will issue updates when they arise.


Angelshark Fisheries Advisory.

Basking Shark Fisheries Advisory.
Basking Shark

Deepwater Sharks Prohibited Fisheries Advisory.
Deepwater Sharks
Prohibited (pdf)

Deepwater Sharks Zero TAC Fisheries Advisory.
Deepwater Sharks
Zero TAC (pdf)

Hammerheads Fisheries Advisory.Hammerheads

Oceanic Whitetip Shark Fisheries Advisory.
Oceanic Whitetip Shark

Porbeagle Shark Fisheries Advisory.
Porbeagle Shark

Silky Shark Fisheries Advisory.
Silky Shark

Smooth Lanternshark Fisheries Advisory.
Smooth Lanternshark

Spiny Dogfish / Spurdog Fisheries Advisory.
Spiny Dogfish / Spurdog

Thresher Sharks Fisheries Advisory.
Thresher Sharks

Tope Fisheries Advisory.

White Shark Fisheries Advisory.
White Shark

Skates and Rays:

Black Skate Fisheries Advisory.
Black Skate

Common Skate Fisheries Advisory.
Common Skate

Guitarfishes Fisheries Advisory.

Manta Rays Fisheries Advisory.
Manta Rays

Mobula Rays Fisheries Advisory.
Mobula Rays

Sawfishes Fisheries Advisory.

Small-eyed Ray Fisheries Advisory.
Small-eyed Ray

Starry Skate Fisheries Advisory.
Starry Skate

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