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Which roundfish

Which roundfish

Though not shark species, we all catch them from time to time – the latest in the ‘decision trees’ from the SSACN Outreach Team offer a simple means of identifying near shore Scottish and roundfish. The charts uses simple key decision points to determine which species you are looking at.         As […]

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Small shark handling guide

Small shark handling guide

This code of best practice has been prepared to assist anglers catch and return small sharks in a way that best ensures they survive the process. It applies most particularly to such as spurdog, smoothhound, huss etc. We’ve updated this Information Sheet and it may be downloaded in pdf form by ‘clicking’ on the image. […]

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Essentials for skate fishing–Information Sheet

Essentials for skate fishing–Information Sheet

Because common skate tend to be larger than the average fish an angler will encounter, certain equipment is essential to allow for their successful release. We’ve updated this Information Sheet and it may be downloaded in pdf form by ‘clicking’ on the image. An original full colour version on quality paper may be obtained by […]

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Essentials for tope fishing–Information Sheet

Essentials for tope fishing–Information Sheet

Tope are one of the UK’s favourite sport fish, find out how to target these hard fighting fish. We’ve updated this Information Sheet and it may be downloaded in pdf form by ‘clicking’ on the image. An original full colour version on quality paper may be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to The […]

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Status of the Shark–Infographic

Status of the Shark–Infographic

Here is a fine example of an infographic from the Discovery Channel. Note :: It is quite a large image so may take a while to download.  

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Starry Smooth-hound or Common Smooth-hound?

Starry Smooth-hound or Common Smooth-hound?

In the first of our guest articles, Dr Farrell discusses some identification issues surrounding smooth-hound species in north-east Atlantic waters and the work he has carried out in an attempt to resolve these issues. Species Identification and Biology The first and main question that always seems to arise when talking about smooth-hounds is “what species […]

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Identification issues in Smooth-hound from the north-east Atlantic

Identification issues in Smooth-hound from the north-east Atlantic

This week the SSTP are proud to present a series of guest articles by Dr Edward Farrell. Dr Farrell is the chairman of the Irish Elasmobranch Group, Co-regional Vice Chair of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group and member of the European Elasmobranch Association Scientific Committee; in a series of articles for tagsharks.com Dr Farrell will […]

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Rigging up for Skate

Rigging up for Skate

Images and pattern kindly supplied by Les McBride The main feature about the rig is the extremely short hook length of just 12-14 inches. Not only does this stop the trace tangling up on the 450 ft plus drop, it also substantially increases your chance of hooking the fish in the jaw and eliminates the […]

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