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Scientific name: Scyliorhinus canicula
IUCN Red List status: Least Concern
Conservation status: Relatively abundant species.
Commercial importance: If landed, it may be used for human consumption, pot bait or fishmeal.
General information: Reaching a maximum size of 80cm, the Smallspotted Catshark is found from the intertidal to depths of over 100m, where it preys primarily on crustaceans and molluscs. This species is known to aggregate by size and sex; depending on water temperature, eggs laid by the female can incubate for up to 11 months. Smallspotted Catsharks are fished by bottom trawls, fixed bottom nets and pelagic (open water) trawls. While populations appear to be stable, careful management and monitoring is important in ensuring sustainability of fisheries.
Scientific name: Scyliorhinus stellaris
IUCN Red List status: Near Threatened
Conservation status: Although species can be locally abundant, patchy distribution and a relatively low reproductive rate may make it vulnerable to over-exploitation.
Commercial importance: Targeted in the Mediterranean for human consumption.
General information: Commonly reaching 130cm in total length, Nursehounds are most common from the intertidal down to 60m depth. This species has a preference for rough ground and areas with good algal cover, preying on crustaceans, cephalopods (e.g. squid), molluscs and fish. Nursehounds are fished by bottom trawls, fixed bottom nets and pelagic (open water) trawls. No accurate population data is available for Nursehound in the Northeast Atlantic, though evidence suggests the population may be fragmented and at risk from localised depletions.
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