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Rare species found in Cornish Waters

Cornish waters are home to many rare species, some of which are prohibited and cannot be landed by Cornish (or any other) fishermen.

The following species are protected and should never be eaten:

Common Skate(Raja batis complex)

Porbeagle shark


               Common Skate                                                    


             Poorbeagle shark      

Spurdog - this is a protected species in European waters. There is currently a ban on landing this species but sadly due to their schooling nature it is very difficult for fishermen to avoid catching them. A recent project called Project Neptune provides real time data to fishermen to help them avoid areas where spurdogs have been accidentally caught. for more infomation read end of project report here.

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