Sunday, 6 January 2013

Shark identification training for fishermen

Fishermen are to be trained to identify different shark species in a project to help protect stocks.

Fishing representatives in Lancashire, the North East, Yorkshire, Cumbria and North East Lincolnshire are to receive guides to help classify species at sea.

The scheme, run by the Co-operative, the Shark Trust and commercial fishing industry, aims to improve the recording of species caught as by-catch.

It is hoped the data will help stocks be managed more sustainably.

The project will involve speaking to fishermen about the importance of recording individual species, rather than just noting them down as sharks or rays.

Those participating will also be given materials to help identify at-risk species such as the small-spotted catshark, the starry smoothhound shark and the cuckoo ray.

Ports involved include Grimsby, Hull, Bridlington, Scarborough, Whitby, Hartlepool, Blackpool, Fleetwood, Whitehaven and Maryport.

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