WHAT TO DO IF YOU CATCH A TAGGED SHARK

1. Recognise the fish as a tagged shark. The tags are orange spaghetti streamers made of nylon, or metal footed tags with a pink streamer, each printed with a unique identifying number.

The shark will be tagged around the first dorsal fin (Top Fin) and a casual glance will readily determine whether the fish is tagged or not.

2. If your fish is destined to be part of your commercial landings and therefore killed, we would ask that you provide us with the following data:

1
Tag Number - complete with Tag
2
Date of Capute
3
Species
4
Sex
5
Location of Capture - direction from nearest port or latitude and longitude
6
Method of capture ie. trawl, tangle net, longline, other
7
Length and weight of fish
8
Name and address of Captor so relevant reward can be sent
9
Boat name and home port
10
Any pictures (if possible)
11
WE DO NOT REQUIRE THE BODY OF THE SHARK

 

3. If your fish is part of your recreational catch, and destined to be released, we ask you to provide us with as much of the following data as possible.

1
Tag Number - NOT THE TAG, please leave the tag in the Shark
2
Date of Capute
3
Species
4
Sex
5
Location of Capture - direction from nearest port or latitude and longitude or shore
6
Method of capture ie. rod and line
7
Length and weight of fish
8
Condition of Shark upon release
9
Any unusual features i.e. gravid (pregnant) scars, marks etc)
10
Name and address of Captor so relevant reward can be sent
11
Boat name and home port
12
Any pictures (if possible
13
WE DO NOT REQUIRE THE BODY OF THE SHARK




4. Should you be releasing the fish, please handle with care. Do not remove the tag, as a subsequent recapture will further add to the valuable information gained.

ALL DATA ON COMMERCIAL OR RECREATIONAL CATCHES OF TAGGED SHARKS TO BE RETURNED TO:- UK SHARK TAGGING PROGRAMME, NATIONAL OCEANORAPHY CENTRE, SOUTHAMPTON SO14 3ZH E Mail: Ken Collins 023 8059 6010 (phone/fax)



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