The high number of shark species along our coastline is an indication of how healthy our marine ecosystems truly are.
In the 1990’s concern about some shark stocks led to big reductions in commercial fishing of targeted species. Only a few commercial fisheries are now authorised to sell their shark and ray catches and they operate under strict controls.
The white shark, whale shark, northern river shark, grey nurse shark and all sawfish (which are related to sharks) are also listed as protected species and can’t be kept by commercial or recreational fishers. There’s also a maximum size limit for all whaler shark species, including tiger sharks, in the West Coast and South Coast Bioregions.