Management Plans

Management Plan for the Bluntnose Sixgill Shark (Hexanchus griseus) and Tope Shark (Galeorhinus galeus) in Canada

The Bluntnose Sixgill Shark (Hexanchus griseus) and Tope Shark (Galeorhinus galeus) are marine fish which were both listed as species of “special concern” under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) in March 2009. This followed the 2007 assessment of both species as “special concern” by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).

The Bluntnose Sixgill Shark is an opportunistic predator widely distributed throughout temperate and tropical seas around the world. It is likely well distributed within a wide depth range (surface to 2500 m) throughout much of Canadian Pacific waters including inlets, continental shelf and slope waters, and the Strait of Georgia.  Age of maturity is estimated to be 11-14 years for males and 18-35 years for females, with an estimated longevity of up to 80 years, and a maximum length of 350 cm (males) and 480 cm (females). Current abundance in Canadian Pacific waters is unknown.

Consultation period: 2012-02-01 to 2012-04-01


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SARA Directorate
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
200 Kent St.
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0E6
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