Each year we work with the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs department (Defra) to produce and distribute Commercial Fisheries Advisories. These are designed to assist the commercial fishing industry and fisheries management and enforcement agencies. They provide rapid access to the current legislative status of sharks, skates and rays in UK, EU and international waters.

In 2018 we have produced 29 Commercial Fisheries Advisories, which can be downloaded below. You may also find our shark, skate and ray ID Guides useful.

► Download the Commercial Fisheries Advisory Poster for 2018 (pdf)


1. TACs and restrictions for some species may have changed since 2017.

2.  A new Advisory for Shortfin Mako (Isurus oxyrinchus) has been produced in 2018.

3. The Advisories are designed to assist commercial fishermen and fisheries management and enforcement agencies only.

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

  • There are restrictions on landing Tope in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • In English and Welsh waters, Angelshark, Basking Shark and White Skate are legally protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. This applies out to 12 nautical miles.
  • Anglers in Scottish waters should be aware of landing restrictions for an extra 21 species of shark, skate and ray. See the Scottish Sharks, Skates and Rays Sea Angling Advisory. Click here to download/view all Sea Angling Advisories.

5. Fishmarkets and seafood retailers should be aware that Porbeagle Shark (Lamna nasus) is now listed under Appendix II of CITES. This means Porbeagle can only be imported into the UK with an appropriate permit. For more information contact your relevant fisheries management organisation.

6. Legislation was correct as of February 2018. As TACs and quotas are met or altered, some Advisories may be subject to change. We will issue updates as they arise.


Best Practice for Sharks, Skates & Rays (pdf)
Shark Handling

Recording & Reporting Discards (pdf)
Recording & Reporting
Discards (pdf)

Skate & Ray Handling (pdf)
Skate & Ray Handling


Shark Handling (pdf)
Best Practice for Sharks,
Skates & Rays (pdf)


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

Shortfin Mako Shark Fisheries Advisory.
Shortfin Mako 

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

Blue Skate Fisheries Advisory.
Blue Skate

Flapper Skate Fisheries Advisory.
Flapper 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 Rays



As part of a historic project, funded by the Co-operative, we created the resources below. Helping to support sustainability in Northern English shark and ray fisheries.

ID Guide to Sharks, Skates and Rays in Northern English Waters (pdf)

Pocket Guide to Sustainable Shark, Skate and Ray Fisheries in Northern English Waters (pdf)

Pocket Guide poster outlining species prohibited or restricted to commercial vessels in Northern English waters (pdf)