The Angelshark was once common in the Northeast Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea, and Black Sea, but their range has drastically declined during the past century due to intensified fishing. Although there have been increased reports from Cardigan Bay (Wales) and occasional reports from across the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands is the only known location where they can be regularly encountered. We need to take action to ensure this population is protected.

In 2016 we teamed up with the Angel Shark Project (a collaboration between Zoological Society of London, University of Las Palmas Gran Canaria, and Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig), the IUCN Shark Specialist Group, and Submon. Together we developed the Angelshark Action Plan for the Canary Islands (Barker et al., 2016) which outlines goals and objectives to meet the vision that Angelsharks in the Canary Islands are abundant and protected in their unique stronghold.

This plan now forms the backbone of conservation action for this species around the Canary Islands.

► Angelshark Action Plan for the Canary Islands (pdf): ENGLISHSPANISH