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Shark tagged in Manx and French waters highlights need for international conservation efforts

Project shining a light on little-known species

A small shark – which was first tagged in Manx waters before being captured again off the coast of France several months later - highlights the need for more international conservation efforts.

That’s the view of the Manx Wildlife Trust.

The tope was first recorded off the coast of Niarbyl and then again by an angler off the Bay of Biscay.

'It highlights that protection of our shark species goes beyond our waters and that marine species know no boundaries.' – Dr Lara Howe

Dr Lara Howe is the charity's marine conservation officer:

Environment Minister Clare Barber said: “DEFA has supported this project for several years, recognising the important role that small sharks play in our marine ecosystem.

“These are long-lived animals with complex life cycles that we need to understand better if we are to maintain and manage their populations.

“The department also recognises the economic contributions of recreational angling for the island, estimated to be around £2 m annually, and the role of small sharks within that sector since the Isle of Man is something of a recognised regional hot-spot for recreational tope angling.

“This ‘catch and release’ practice can be a significant contribution to local tourism and combines very well with the shark-tagging project.”

Anyone interested in taking part in future shark-tagging projects is asked to get in touch with the Manx Wildlife Trust. Click HERE for more information.

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