Lemon shark.  Image Michelle Heupel, AIMS
Lemon shark.  Image: Michelle Heupel, AIMS

Conservation of elasmobranch species (sharks and rays) is an increasing priority globally, including Australia, as evidence of overexploitation of some species becomes apparent.

Common issues and threats among elasmobranch species may improve management if considered holistically. This project will produce a Shark Action Plan assessing requirements for improved management including a summary of current status across the taxa, guidelines for reducing impacts and improving management, and identification of key knowledge gaps impeding conservation and management.

The Shark Action Plan will help guide policy for Australian elasmobranchs developed by the Department of the Environment and Energy, and fishery managers. On-ground conservation will be developed from recommendations in this plan.