Catch & Release Statistics

The Shark Angling Club of Great Britain have maintained records of sharks since the club was founded in 1953.  In an effort to further promote the sharking communities desire for increased conservation, in 1994 the club formally adopted a policy of catch and release of all sharks.

Each year the skippers from the port of Looe have maintained a record of the number of sharks caught and within that number how many have a nose to fork of tail length of 70” or more.

The table below gives this data and it shows a general increase in both measurement categories in recent years.

Although the SACGB do not have complete data sets for other ports, in recent years a similar trend has been experienced by sharking skippers at many ports around the UK.

 Looe Boats since 1990

Year Number of sharks caught/released Number of sharks over 7 feet
2017 1887 89
2016 1725 77
2015 795 75
2014 553 72
2013 606 44
2012 530 35
2011 616 59
2010 353 53
2009 149 37
2008 152 21
2007 141 22
2006 132 27
2005 148 28
2004 271 42
2003 165 46
2002 125 16
2001 357 35
2000 85 15
1999 274 61