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Sharkatag – Anglers for Sharks

This summer brings us a new edition of Sharkatag –  in Scotland and the Netherlands!




In Scotland, Sharkatag takes place around mid summer, from shore and marks around the Solway and southwest Scotland with the focus on collecting data on tope, smoothound, thornback and other shark or ray species. In the Netherlands, the event takes three days in August: wednesday 7, Thursday 8 and Friday 9.  Around ten vessels will leave ‘Neeltje Jans’ in the Eastern Schelde.

A unique opportunity to fish for sharks and contribute to shark research, discovering the migration routes of the a.o. the starry smooth hound shark and population sizes.

This event is NOT a competition! It is used to gather data, highlight the urgent need for shark and ray conservation in Scottish and Dutch waters and to raise the public awareness of sea angling. All animals are of course released alive, and every participant gets an instruction on how to properly handle the caught animals.


An angler with a tagged shark (picture: Sportvisserij Nederland)


Tagged sharks get a unique tag that is entered in a computer database. So far, tagged sharks have been caught again near the Gulf of Biscay, the Channel near Boulogne Sur Mer, southern coast of Norway and the Eastern Coast of Scotland.


The Dutch Shark Society will document the event in the Netherlands!

You can register for the Scottish Sharkatag event here:

You can registrer for the Dutch Sharkatag event on this website:


Watch a clip of a Sharkatag event in Scotland:


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