While many of Australia's 300-plus shark, skate and ray species exist in healthy populations, one third are either listed in threatened categories under the IUCN Red List, identified as near threatened, or have not been assessed due to a lack of information. The Shark action plan policy report provides a national perspective of the status of Australia's shark species relative to conservation and management policies of the Northern Territory, Queensland and Australian governments. The Department of the Environment and Energy uses this fundamental knowledge to identify at-risk species and ensure the EPBC Act is as up to date as possible in protecting threatened shark species. The report identified 12% of assessed species as threatened: one of the lowest threat rates for regional or national level assessments for shark species.

Other species groups

Other species groups

Strategic approaches to multispecies recovery