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The Shark Trust values a positive relationship with Defra's Marine and Fisheries Directorate, as it does with Marine Scotland, and liaises on a regular basis with the department and on occasion with the Fisheries Minister. This is done both centrally and within the Devolved Administrations; contributing to the emergence of the UK government as a vocal advocate for shark conservation.
Shark Trust efforts in the past eight years have contributed to, or directly resulted in:
- Introduction of the Scottish Elasmobranch Protection Order (Mar 2012).
- Adoption of Defra's Shark, Skate and Ray Conservation Plan (Jan 2011).
- The closure of the target fishery for Spiny Dogfish (Jan 2010).
- A prohibition on the removal of shark fins at sea on all UK vessels worldwide (Oct 2009). Find out more.
- The closure of the target fishery for Porbeagle (Jan 2008).
- Legislation to restrict commercial targeting of Tope and the prevention of landing by recreational fishers (March 2008).
- Implementation of single-species landings data requirements for skate and ray from UK vessels (March 2008).
- Commissioned research on survival rates of discarded bycaught skates, rays and sharks.
- Recognition for the need for improved monitoring of shark fisheries.
- The emergency closure of the deep-water shark gillnet fishery (Oct 2005).
- Listing of Basking Shark, Angelshark and White Skate under domestic wildlife conservation measures.
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