Sharkatag 2016

This years Shark-a-tag will be held on Fri 3rd and Sat 4th of June as part of our Fish Smart Summer Angling Festival. The event will take place from marks around the Solway and SW Scotland but will be based at Sands of Luce Caravan Park. The focus is on collecting data on tope, smoothhound, bull huss and a variety of ray species especially since there are a few common skate appearing in the area. Sharkatag is now in it’s 8th year and attracts anglers from all over the UK, anyone can participate in Sharkatag regardless of angling experience as full tagger training will be provided along with all necessary equipment.

Shark-a-tags main aim always has been, and will remain, to tag and gather data on as many fish as possible from the shore, kayak and boat; to highlight the urgent need for shark and ray conservation in Scottish waters, and to raise the public awareness of sea angling.

However, for the first time Shark-a-tag 2016 will be offering prizes!! We have spent a long time carefully choosing categories that will complement the main aims of the event while adding an extra bit of fun and enjoyment.

Rays Awareness!

This years Sharkatag will have a special focus on skate and ray species: although thornback ray numbers appear to be increasing in many areas, numbers of spotted, blonde and cuckoo rays (which were once a common catch around the south-west) appear to have fallen dramatically. In recent years a few common skate have alse been spotted and it would be great to get an idea of numbers. Therefore, this year we will be asking anglers to record all different skate and ray species in addition to the usual catches of tope, smoothhound and bull huss.

For further details of the prize categories and how to get involved, please click here.

To keep up with all the latest Sharkatag news as the event develops keep checking our website or “Like” the Scottish Shark Tagging Programme on Facebook.

To get a better idea of what the event is all about check out the gallery below for some pictures from previous Sharkatags!

Sharkatag photo gallery

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