In conjunction with Defra, the Shark Trust has released 27 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 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 2017 (pdf)


1. TACs and restrictions for some species may have changed since 2016.

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

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

  • Restrictions are in place regarding the landing of Tope in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • In English and Welsh waters, Angelsharks, Basking Sharks and White Skate are legally protected out to 12 nautical miles under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
  • Anglers in Scottish waters should also be aware of landing restrictions for an additional 21 shark, skate and ray species – see the Scottish Sharks, Skates and Rays Sea Angling Advisory.

Download / view all Sea Angling Advisories

4. 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.

5. Legislation was correct as of February 2017. As TACs and quotas are met or altered, some Advisories may be subject to change – the Shark Trust will issue updates when they arise.


Best Practice for Sharks, Skates & Rays (pdf) Recording & Reporting Discards (pdf) Skate & Ray Handling (pdf) Shark Handling (pdf)
Best Practice for Sharks,
Skates & Rays (pdf)
Recording & Reporting
Discards (pdf)
Skate & Ray Handling
Shark Handling


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
Atlantic Sharks Fisheries Advisory(pdf)Atlantic Sharks


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

Thornback Ray Fisheries Advisories (pdf)
Thornback Ray
Undulate Ray Fisheries Advisory.
Undulate Ray
White Skate Fisheries Advisory.
White Skate
Atlantic Skate & Ray Fisheries Advisory.
Skate & Ray Reporting
Atlantic Skates & Rays Fisheries Advisory (pdf)
Atlantic Skate & Ray