The Manx Wildlife Trust have announced that, with the help and collaboration of SSACN’s Scottish Shark Tagging Programme (SSTP), they are beginning a new project to learn more about their small shark species.
As with the SSTP, the programme will work with volunteers, including anglers, who will catch fish, tag them, record their details and release them unharmed.
The two programmes working together is an exciting development and builds on the collaborative relationship established last year with Sportvisserij Nederland (the Royal Dutch Angling Association).
The results from all these efforts can only help provide a better understanding of the make up of the stocks of small sharks such as tope, bull huss, spurdog, rays etc, and potentially their distribution, movements and migration patterns; such information will help inform policies for the conservation of the various species in the relevant waters as well as the wider EU waters.
Any anglers who regularly catch or target small sharks in Manx and who want to join the programme should contact firstname.lastname@example.org and those who catch a tagged shark should take as many details as possible, including the identification number on the tag, and report it to Eleanor or online at www.tagsharks.com/submit.
More on the IOM Shark Tagging Programme announcement.