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A complete list of the sharks in Irish waters has just been published. ‘Ireland Red List No. 11 Cartilaginous fish [Sharks, skates, rays and chimaeras]’ presents spatial distribution and biological information pertaining to 71 species in Irish waters.


Scope of red List assessment (Clarke et al. 2016, 8)

Of those species discussed, research indicated that 6 species are ‘critically endangered’, with a further 5 assessed as ‘endangered’.


Number of Species in each of the ICUN categories following assessment (Clarke et. al 2016, 14)



Clarke, M., Farrell, E.D., Roche, W., Murray, T.E., Foster, S. and Marnell, F. (2016) Ireland Red List No. 11: Cartilaginous fish [sharks, skates, rays and chimaeras]. National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Dublin, Ireland.