The Scots lead the way again. The Scottish Government is the first in Europe to introduce legislation protecting such a wide range of species. The Sharks Skates and Rays (Prohibition of Fishing) Order came into force on March 30th and covers 26 species – including angel sharks, tope sharks, common skate and undulate rays.
This is very welcome news and comes on top of the shark finning ban introduced in Scotland as of 2009.
If only more countries could get on board with being more proactive about protecting endangered species. Hopefully the more we keep making a noise about it, the more people in power will listen and do something about it.