Sharks in the Baltic Sea

Sharks in the Baltic Sea – Distribution, use and conservation of cartilaginous fishes in the Baltic Sea

Sharks_in_the_Baltic_Sea_thWhereas the brackish waters of the Baltic Sea are known to be limiting in terms of the distribution and diversity of all marine life, the region is home to sharks, rays, skates and chimaeras, collectively known as cartilaginous fishes. More than 30 such species have been recorded in the Baltic, although many are considered rare or vagrants.

This report reviews and analyses the available information on the presence, use and conservation of Baltic cartilaginous fishes. The aim is to fill existing knowledge gaps and inform management so as to ensure the survival of these especially vulnerable species.



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