Project A6 - Prioritisation of research and management needs for Australian elasmobranch species

Sharks are relatively long lived, slow to mature and have low rates of reproduction. These characteristics make many shark species vulnerable to harvesting by commercial and recreational fishing, habitat degradation and shark control activities.

Several Australian shark species are listed as threatened under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The Department of the Environment has the task of developing and implementing plans for the recovery of nationally listed species.

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