Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University, Darwin NT 0909 Australia
Peter is currently leading or involved in several NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub projects, including the Euryhaline Shark and Ray project, the Northern Seascapes project, and the Shark Action Plan. He is based at Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Northern Territory.
The NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub's Euryhaline Shark and Ray project (‘Northern Australian Hotspots for the Recovery of Threatened Euryhaline Species’) is a collaboration between Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory Fisheries, CSIRO, Murdoch University, the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance, and the Malak Malak Ranger Group.
Euryhaline elasmobranchs represent over half of the EPBC-listed threatened sharks and rays, with northern Australia of national importance for this threatened species community. Critical information gaps remain, limiting the implementation of Recovery Plan objectives. This project will fill many data gaps through the application of acoustic telemetry, traditional and advanced molecular research (population genetics and close-kin mark-recapture), life history studies, and Indigenous knowledge and education. End-users will be provided with information necessary to improve management and facilitate recovery of these threatened species, focusing on three themes: (1) Monitoring and understanding euryhaline species; (2) Indigenous partnerships for management of euryhaline species, and; (3) Knowledge for the reassessment of river shark status.
For more information see: http://www.nespmarine.edu.au/sawfish
The Northern Seascape project will map the distributions of several EPBC-listed threatened and migratory marine species at a broad-scale, and develop and trial a cost-effective rapid assessment approach (‘SeaBlitzes’) to gather finer-scale spatial data on priority marine species of the northern seascape, including the critical habitats they depend on. The data and knowledge generated by the rapid assessments will establish baselines, and grow the information base for decision-making on proposed activities under Commonwealth and Territory environmental regulations. This approach will deliver on actions in threatened species Recovery Plans, Sea Country Plans, and management plans for protected areas (e.g. Indigenous Protected Areas and Marine Reserves), and will develop capacity for continued data collection through a community-based participatory approach.
The Shark Action Plan project will produce a plan for the conservation and management of Australia's sharks, rays and chimaeras (chondrichthyan fishes), including a summary of current status across the taxa, guidelines for reducing impacts and improving management, and exploration and identification of key knowledge gaps impeding conservation and management.
Peter is a conservation biologist with interests in marine and freshwater systems. He has a background in fish biology, fisheries bycatch, and fish conservation, particularly in relation to the chondrichthyan fishes (sharks, batoids and chimaeras).
His PhD examined the composition and mitigation of chondrichthyan bycatch in the Queensland East Coast Trawl Fishery.
Peter is Regional Vice-Chair for Australia and Oceania, and the Red List Authority Coordinator of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Shark Specialist Group, working on the global and regional assessment of extinction risk for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
He has published on the biology of a diversity of species (including shovelnose rays, skates, catsharks, carpet sharks, whaler sharks, and sawfishes) from riverine and inshore estuarine waters to the deepsea. His research interests focus on the collection of life history and ecological information to guide the management and conservation of biodiversity, and assess population status and extinction risk.
Bachelor of Science (Geography and Environmental Studies) from the University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Science Honours (First class) from the University of Queensland
Doctor of Philosophy (marine science) from the University of Queensland
Sawfish Day is an annual event to raise awareness of these vulnerable animals and to highlight the threats they face in order to safeguard their future. Now in its second year, help raise awareness of this special day and of these magnificent marine animals,by sharing these links with your social networks:
One of the most endangered fish on the planet could receive a lifeline through a research project about to begin in Northern Australia.
Coinciding with International Sawfish Day on 17 October, Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF) are launching a project to study the Narrow Sawfish across Northern Australia.
Sawfish numbers have...
A Marine Biodiversity Hub study led by Geoscience Australia (GA) has used satellite...
In early 2017, a 2.7-metre Largetooth Sawfish was caught by local woman Lisa Smiler at Wattie Creek, a tributary of the Victoria River near...
In September 2017, a Marine Biodiversity Hub team worked to rescue a large group of Largetooth Sawfish trapped in a drying floodplain waterhole and relocate the animals to the main channel of the river. The small waterhole where the rangers located the sawfish was completely dry soon after the rescue.
Australia’s northern rivers are a last remaining stronghold for the threatened Largetooth Sawfish (Pristis pristis), but even in this relatively pristine part of the world sawfish...
Two threatened marine species urgently need sustainability assessments before future wild harvests are conducted for public aquarium displays, a Charles Darwin University researcher warns.
PhD candidate Kate Buckley has devised a new three-step approach to inform relevant authorities of the need for sustainability assessments before permitting the removal of threatened, or data-deficient and potentially threatened, shark and ray species (elasmobranchs) from the wild.
The rescue team: Amos Shields, Christy Davies, Aaron Green, Peter Kyne and Rob Lindsay. Image: Michael Lawrence-Taylor
The trip brought together researchers from Charles Darwin University Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA), and Malak...
A new species of giant stingray has been named after being encountered by scientists in northern Australian rivers, coastal Papua New Guinea and the Arafura Sea.
Urogymnus acanthobothrium, is described today in the journal Zootaxa by scientists from CSIRO’s Australian National Fish Collection (ANFC) and Charles Darwin University (CDU).
‘This is one of the world’s largest stingrays, growing to a width of at least 1.6 metres, and it occurs in both rivers and marine waters,’ Dr...
Indigenous panellists from Australia and New Zealand will meet in Wellington, New Zealand, on Monday 4 July to consider ways for the marine science and Indigenous communities to engage more effectively in research partnerships.
The panel discussion will take place during the 2016 conference of the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society (NZMSS) and the Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA), to be held from 4─7 July at Victoria University, Wellington.
Northern Territory News
26 February 2016
Sawfishes and river sharks are protected species; if they are caught by recreational anglers they must be released safely back into the water. Fishers who are lucky enough to experience a close encounter with one of our protected sawfish or river shark species are meeting with some of the most interesting inhabitants of our northern waterways. By reporting sightings anglers can help researchers better understand the distribution of these...
Australia’s Environment Minister, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, joined University of Tasmania scientists and volunteer divers on a Reef Life Survey at Tinderbox Marine Reserve south of Hobart today.
After the dive, the Minister joined UTAS Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Rathjen, at Hobart’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies to launch the Marine Biodiversity Hub, one of six hubs funded under the National Environmental Science Programme (NESP).
The NESP is a six-...
The 2011-2015 Final Report of the National Environmental Research Program Marine Biodiversity Hub is available online and in hard copy. The dynamic, searchable website includes photos, videos, maps and animations showcasing more than 40 research projects and can be browsed by region or research topic. Read the newsletter...
Vist the sawfish and river shark research pages for up to date news, videos and more
Travel down Kakadu's West Alligator River with Hub scientist Peter Kyne as he surveys the endangered Northern River Shark and critically endangered Speartooth shark.
These river shark surveys have been undertaken during research for the Marine Biodiversity Hub project "Supporting management of listed and rare species", a collaboration between Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory Fisheries and CSIRO.
The Marine Biodiversity Hub’s exhibition of images celebrated the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010. It has now become a travelling exhibition at venues around Australia.
The exhibition contains images from Hub partners (and a few more), and was curated by Mark Norman, Head of Science at Museum Victoria.
Our aim is to reach out to the general public (especially school students) and raise their awareness...
Wednesday 10 December 2014
The Australian Government has announced the successful organisations to lead research hubs under the $142.5 million National Environmental Science Programme (NESP). The programme will assist decision-makers to understand, manage and conserve Australia's environment by funding world-class biodiversity and climate science. This research will ensure decisions about managing Australia's biodiversity and environmental resources are made on the best available...
Two NERP hubs are participating in this year’s National Threatened Species Day on Sunday 7 September at Darwin Waterfront – the Northern Australia Hub and Marine Biodiversity Hub. Videos, slide shows and brochures will focus on the management of listed and rare species including sawfish and river sharks, and the impact feral cats are having on native mammals. The event is being marketed as a Pop-up-Zoo with experts from a wide range of organisations providing an overview of their work....
Sharks and rays are some of the world’s most threatened animals, with a quarter of all species at risk of extinction. Among the sharks and rays, sawfish are some of the most threatened, with all five species listed as Critically Endangered or Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Read the full story in The Conversation, 18 April 2014.
The Guide to Sharks of Kakadu Rivers is available as a pdf, web version or request a copy: http://www.nerpmarine.edu.au/document/guide-sharks-kakadu-rivers
In September 2012, as Top End floodplains were drying, NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub and Northern Hub scientist Peter Kyne received an alert from Daly River Traditional Owner Rita Purak that two largetooth sawfish (Pristis pristis) were stranded in a waterhole near the Daly River. Rita knew the sawfish were uncommon because she had been helping Charles Darwin University scientist Peter Kyne and CSIRO's Richard Pillans with their field work, monitoring the movements of sawfish in the Northern...
In September 2012, as Top End floodplains were drying, NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub and Northern Hub scientist Peter Kyne received an alert that two largetooth sawfish (Pristis pristis) were stranded in a waterhole near the Daly River.
The call was from the Malak Malak Indigenous Ranger Group who knew the sawfish were uncommon because they had been helping Peter and his colleague Richard Pillans with field research.
‘After a two-hour drive across a rugged dry floodplain, we...
Follow Marine Hub PhD student Kate Buckley's blog while she tracks threatened sawfish down the Adelaide River in the Northern Territory.
Two NERP hubs are participating in this year’s National Threatened Species Day on Saturday 7 September at Darwin Waterfront – the Northern Australia Hub and Marine Biodiversity Hub. Videos, slide shows and brochures will focus on the management of listed and rare species including sawfish and river sharks, and the impact feral cats are having on native mammals.
Northern Australia Hub scientists will demonstrate how mammal trapping equipment is used to survey small mammals, and there...
Watch researchers from the NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub and the Northern Australia Hub investigating the population size and movements of sawfish and river sharks in the waterways of Kakadu National Park. Video
In a collaborative project between these two hubs, researchers are investigating the population size and movements of sawfish, speartooth sharks and northern...
"Marine Biodiversity in the frame"
The Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) is working with a number of research projects that will influence development of the observing system into the future. In a project with the National Environmental Research Program (NERP) Marine Biodiversity Hub, IMOS is providing data for use in development of a set of National Marine Ecological Indicators to monitor and evaluate the state of Australia’s marine...
A symposium entitled ‘Spatial connectivity and the management of threatened marine species’ will be hosted by Kiki Dethmers (CDU postdoc), Mark Hamann (JCU Principal Research Fellow) and Hub researcher Peter Kyne at the Society of Conservation Biology – Oceania 2012 conference to be held at Charles Darwin University on 21–23 September. (The theme of the conference is People and Conservation in Land and Sea Country.)
Prof Nic Bax, Director NERP Marine Hub
Australia’s Marine Biodiversity Hub is a four-year research partnership established in 2011 by the Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC) National Environmental Research Program (NERP). It links the expertise and resources of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (...