Angel shark

Common Name: Angel shark

Scientific Name: *Squatina squatina

Description: Squatina squatina, the angelshark, is a species of shark in the family Squatinidae (known generally also as angel sharks), that were once widespread in the coastal waters of the North-East Atlantic. Well-adapted for camouflaging itself on the sea floor, the angelshark has a flattened form with enlarged pectoral and pelvic fins, giving it a superficial resemblance to a ray. It measures up to 2.4 m (7.9 ft) long.

OSPAR Regions where it occurs: II, III, IV

OSPAR Regions where under threat and/or in decline: II, III, IV

What is the latest status of the angel shark?

The status assessment describes the latest changes in distribution, abundance and range of the feature, as well as any changes in the threats and pressures impacting the feature. The status assessments are updated regularly and inform OSPAR’s consideration of the effectiveness of the measures and actions that have been adopted and implemented by Contracting Parties.

Why is this feature included on the OSPAR List?

What protective measures and actions has OSPAR committed to taking?

What actions have been implemented by OSPAR?

An implementation report will be published in July 2022