Shark Handling Guide

One of the most popular UK pastimes is sea fishing and as our sport has developed, and given the awareness of commercial
fishing pressure on stocks – targeted, incidental and illegal – anglers are increasingly aware of the need to conserve our oceans and all its inhabitants.  And given the Club’s ethos, and directed through our Science and Conservation Officers, our members are committed conservationists with many contributing to citizen science projects. 

Fishing for sharks is an exciting and specialised aspect of sea fishing.  Enjoyment of this sport comes with a responsibility to conserve sharks for future generations because sharks play an important part in regulating the ecological structure and function of our oceans.  This simple guide has been written to give anglers and skippers clear advice on how to achieve that balance.