Anglers asked to join IoM marine conservation programme

A basking shark in Peel Bay Credit: Manx Wildlife Trust

Fishing aces on the Isle of Man are being asked to help with marine conservation of sharks.

The Manx Wildlife Trust is holding a theory session for anglers to hear about small shark tagging, which involves tagging small sharks and rays with identification tags or streamers, on a catch and release basis.

Sessions have been running since May 2013, with the aim of providing evidence-based data for the future management of marine species and the best ways to protect them.

Forty anglers have been trained so far, with over 100 sharks tagged, including tope, bull huss and spurdog.

For more information, visit the Manx Wildlife Trust website.