I'm excited to be exploring a different part of the UK (I lived in the heart of London for a bit in 2011): Exeter and, most importantly, Plymouth! If anyone knows any cool "must things" to do, shoot me a message or leave a comment below!
But, if we'll be talking about favorite things, we can't leave out one of my faves from "across the pond." This lies under the waves, though: sharks.
"Excuse me, what?"
Yeah, mate, there are sharks in those waters! According to The Shark Trust, there are 30 species that inhabit the waters of the UK coastline. And, like other areas, there's a vast biodiversity here: from those who lurk in the deep to the fastest of sharks.
Of these 30 species, 21 sharks are residential all year round. These include the Smallspotted Catshark, Porbeagle Shark and Basking Shark. Personally, I'm most excited to (hopefully) see basking sharks. Look at them and their funny little noses. Squee!
There are few seasonal summer visitors, such as the Blue Sharks and Shortfin Mako, that pass by during the migrational routes each species takes. And, what kind of habitat would this be without a few funny-looking dudes? Introducing the infrequent, but still recorded, "weirdos": the Smooth Hammerhead and Frilled Shark.
Those that lurk in the deep make up around 10 species, including the Kitefin Shark and Gulper Sharks.
To see fact sheets on British/North Atlantic sharks, check out these.
The European Commission's Action plan for the Conservation and Management of Sharks is based on the following three specific objectives:
After a wide consultation of stakeholders, who concluded on the whole that the recommended measures are necessary, the Commission approved the Plan on 5 February 2009 and forwarded it to the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament.
- -deepen knowledge both on shark fisheries and on shark species and their role in the ecosystem;
- -ensure that directed fisheries for shark are sustainable and that their by-catches are properly regulated;
- -encourage a coherent approach between the internal and external EC fishery policy for sharks.
The European plan is based on the International Action plan for the Conservation and Management of Sharks (IPOA SHARKS) adopted by the FAO in 1999. The international plan aims to ensure the conservation and management of sharks and their sustainable use at global level. It is voluntary but all the States concerned are encouraged to implement it.
Can't wait to update you all about this latest trip!