RSSInteresting tag returns

You wait for ages for a skate and then 7 come along at once!

| September 24, 2012
You wait for ages for a skate and then 7 come along at once!

Sea anglers know that the Irish Sea around the Rhins of Galloway (an ever popular sea angling destination) is always capable of throwing up the odd surprise, but we think it’s safe to say that nobody could have predicted the events of the past weekend. The action started on Friday when a break in the […]

Continue Reading

Skate recapture after almost two decades!

| August 29, 2012
Skate recapture after almost two decades!

Assessment of Common Skate tagging data has revealed another remarkable tag and recapture story. A female skate originally tagged in 1992 was recaptured this year just weeks short of 20 years at liberty! She was originally captured and tagged west of the Isle of Mull, she was then recaptured a staggering 7,251 (19 years, 10 […]

Continue Reading

Deep sea expedition discovers unusual new shark species

| August 16, 2012
Deep sea expedition discovers unusual new shark species

A two-month fishing expedition to the Indian Ocean has turned up hundreds of strange deep-sea sharks, and several are likely new to science. At least eight new species could be among the fishy haul, said Paul Clerkin, a shark ecology graduate student at California’s Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Clerkin joined the commercial fishing venture in […]

Continue Reading

Interesting tope recapture

| April 19, 2012
Interesting tope recapture

Thanks to a commercial skipper and his crew we have just received notice of an interesting recapture. A tope (7929), originally tagged last July off the Mull of Galloway, was recaptured off the Outer Hebrides – it’s not very often a tagged tope is recaptured well North of its original tagging location. After noting the […]

Continue Reading

Another long distance tope

| March 31, 2012
Another long distance tope

More than 2000kms away from where she was tagged during Sharkatag 2010 – tope number 3044 was recaptured off the coast of Portugal. As we reported recently, tope have now joined common skate and porbeagle in having the highest levels of protection in Scottish waters; returns like this show it is time for the EU […]

Continue Reading

Manx basking shark watch recover tags

| March 28, 2012
Manx basking shark watch recover tags

Last summer the Manx Basking Shark Watch (MBSW) team on the research vessel Happy Jack deployed 3 satellite tags on basking sharks in Manx waters. These tags have all now popped off the sharks as planned and have streamed their data to the Argos satellite system. Full analysis of the data will take a few […]

Continue Reading

Valentine’s day smoothie

| February 16, 2012
Valentine’s day smoothie

An update from the guys at Sportfishing the Netherlands. Last year they started a smoothhound tagging programme and on Valentine’s day they were informed of the recapture of one of their fish in the Bay of Biscay – around a 1000Km from where it was originally tagged on 20.08.11 More information on the sharks and […]

Continue Reading

Two Exciting Recaptures!

| February 10, 2012
Two Exciting Recaptures!

Scottish Tope caught off Portugal On the 26th of January 2012 Tope #3044 was captured off the coast of Portugal, she was originally tagged in Luce Bay at the Sharkatag 2010 event on the 19th of June giving a time at liberty of 577 days! During this time she had travelled a minimum of 1716km. […]

Continue Reading