Blue and Shortfin Mako Shark © Andy Murch.

To ensure your adoption has as much impact as possible, your contribution will support our No Limits? campaign, which strives to stop overfishing of a number of British shark species.


These No Limits? sharks need our urgent attention. Overfishing is currently the biggest threat facing sharks. Landings have soared over the past decade placing huge pressure on shark populations, which has serious implications for the wider marine ecosystem and communities that reply on fishing for their livelihood.

Our goal is to ensure science-based catch limits are implemented and enforced as a matter of urgency, to relieve fishing pressure and give these species a chance to recover.


Over 97% of sharks fished in the Atlantic and Mediterranean are No Limits? species – Blue Shark, Shortfin Mako, Tope, smoothhounds and catsharks:

Blue Shark © Charles Hood.
Although widespread with a relatively high reproductive rate, the Blue Shark is the most heavily fished shark and declines have been observed. They are taken in substantial volume as ‘wanted’ bycatch, especially by Spanish and Portuguese pelagic longliners.

Shortfin Mako © Charles Hood.
The Shortfin Mako is the fastest shark on record, reaching speeds of at least 35mph, but sadly they are caught with equal speed by EU fisheries. Highly prized for meat and fins, they are important bycatch for pelagic longliners fishing for tuna and swordfish on the high-seas.

Smoothhound © Peter Werhoog, Dutch Shark Society.
Smoothhounds are important predators in coastal waters, keeping the ecosystem balance in check by targeting crabs, shrimp and small fish. A rapidly emerging market for smoothhounds will place huge pressure on shark populations.
Tope © Charles Hood.
Tope are one of the most widely fished sharks. They are regularly taken as bycatch and also targeted for their flesh, fins and liver oil. There is some management for Tope in UK waters, however we want to see this extended across European waters.

Smallspotted Catshark © Dave Peake.CATSHARKS
Although Smallspotted Catsharks and Nursehounds can be locally abundant, patchy distribution and a relatively low reproductive rate may make them vulnerable to over-exploitation. Careful management and monitoring is vital to ensuring sustainability of fisheries.


Support the campaign today by adopting all of these sharks and help us stop uncontrolled shark fishing!

Shark Adoption Pack.ADOPTION PACK

When you adopt the No Limits? sharks you'll not only be helping to fund key campaign activities but we’ll also send you an adoption pack presented in a shark folder, which includes:

  • Personalised certificate
  • No Limits? Factsheet
  • A4 poster
  • Car sticker
  • Set of eight postcards


► Find out more about our No Limits? campaign

You can also support our No Limits? campaign by making a direct donation. To do this, please visit our donate page and let us know how you’d like your contribution to be allocated in the ‘What prompted you to donate today?’ field.