Angelshark Action Plan for the Canary Islands


The “Angelshark Action Plan for the Canary Islands / Plan de Acción para el Angelote en las Islas Canarias” was launched last December 15th 2016. This Action Plan was developed by a partnership of conservation organisations (Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria ULPGC, Zoological Society of London ZSL, Germany’s Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig - Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity ZMFK, IUCN Shark Specialist Group, the Shark Trust and SUBMON), following the results obtained during the workshop hosted by the ECOAQUA Research University Institute last June 2016, that brought together stakeholder representatives from all sectors. The vision of the Action Plan is that Angelsharks (Squatina squatina) in the Canary Islands are abundant and should be protected in their unique stronghold. It set out a 10-year roadmap designed to outline the major steps needed to eliminate or minimise the major threats to Angelshark as well as to ensure a coordinated approach to preserve them. This is the first such plan developed for this species worlwide.

 Find out more information in the following links:
 Angelshark Action Plan for the Canary Islands (English) (Spanish)

Other link of interest:
IUCN/Species: Shark Specialist Group:  Sharks, Rays and Chimaeras: The Status of the Chondrichthyan Fishes Status Survey