Policy paper

Shark, skate, and ray conservation plan: progress review 2013

Review of progress on the shark, skate and ray conservation plan.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


A progress review of the Defra shark, skate, and ray conservation plan.

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This document shows the findings of the 2013 review of progress towards implementing the conservation plan since its publication in 2011.

The conservation plan provides an outline of the role of elasmobranchs in the ecosystem, their characteristics, and the pressures facing them.

It summarises current management and conservation measures to protect sharks, skates and rays and sets out clear policy objectives with the overarching goal of managing elasmobranch stocks sustainably so that depleted stocks recover and that those faring better are fished sustainably.

Published 19 July 2013