Tope, Galeorhinus galeus
Red List status: Vulnerable globally; Data Deficient in the Northeast
Conservation status: Late maturity and a low productivity make Tope vulnerable to overfishing.
Commercial importance: One of the most widely fished shark species; regularly taken as bycatch and targeted where abundant for meat, fins and liver oil.
Management: Tope have limited domestic protection in UK water, however management needs to be adopted across Europe.
Habitat and ecology: Tope are a coastal species which feed 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.
General information: Tope are found worldwide in cold to warm temperate waters (excluding the Western Atlantic and Western Pacific). In the Northeast Atlantic Tope are caught in mixed demersal (seafloor) and pelagic fisheries. However, with insufficient biological data on the species no assessment has been made of its population and conservation status.
We urgently need catch limits for: