We urgently need catch limits for Tope and other No Limits? sharks – sign the petition
Common name: Tope
Scientific name: Galeorhinus galeus
IUCN Red List status: Vulnerable globally; Data Deficient in the Northeast Atlantic.
Conservation status: Late maturity and low productivity make Tope vulnerable to overfishing.
General information: Tope are found worldwide (excluding the Western Atlantic and Western Pacific) in cold to warm temperate waters. Feeding on a wide variety of bony fish, squid and other elasmobranchs, Tope are predominately found near the bottom, although they will move into pelagic (open) waters during offshore migrations. In the Northeast Atlantic Tope are caught in mixed demersal (seafloor) and pelagic fisheries. However, with insufficient biological data on the species (e.g. important habitats) no assessment has been made of its population and conservation status.
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