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EU tightens protection of sharks

SSACN welcomes the EU Council of Fisheries Minister’s decision to tighten the protection of both inshore and deepwater species of sharks in the 2010 December talks.

They have voted to

  • End all commercial fishing for spurdog (The bycatch allowance has been removed)
  • Maintain the closure of the porbeagle shark fishery through 2011
  • Reduce the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) on rays and skate by 15%
  • Reduce the deep-sea shark TAC, allowing for only minimal bycatch and agreed a complete closure (zero TAC) for 2012.
  • Include four additional deep-sea shark species under this measure: frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus), six-gill shark (Hexanchus griseus), sailfin roughshark (Oxynotus paradoxus) and knifetooth dogfish (Scymnodon ringens).

Protected inshore species.

Common skate

Full EU protection

Angel Shark

Full EU protection

Porgbeagle

Zero TAC – no bycatch

Spurdog

Zero TAC – no bycatch

Tope

Protected in England and Wales

SSACN will be asking the government for more controls on rays as species such as the cuckoo ray, spotted ray and blonde ray as they are becoming depleted if not locally extinct in many areas.

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