• Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation - Funded Project

Shark & Ray

Around 300 species of chondrichthyans (sharks, rays and chimaeras) are found in Australian waters, with more than half of these found nowhere else in the world (DAFF, 2004, Australia Shark Assessment Report). Despite such a high diversity of species the word shark is often instinctually connected with a handful of large, charismatic species. Sharks are particularly susceptible to fishing pressures as they are often slow growing, become sexually mature at a later age and have few young. As a result of fishing industries and changes in aquatic ecosystems over 30% of pelagic (open ocean) sharks and rays now threatened with extinction.*

*Camhi, M.D., Valenti, S.V., Fordham, S.V., Fowler, S.L. and Gibson, C. 2009. The Conservation Status of Pelagic Sharks and Rays: Report of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group Pelagic Shark Red List Workshop. IUCN Species Survival Commission Shark Specialist Group. Newbury, UK.

  • Overview

    What Can Sharks Hear?

    Sharks and their relatives use hearing to work out the location of food, predators and potential mates.

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    A Case Of Mistaken Identity

    How do sharks see their prey? Researchers explore the visual system of sharks.

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    How Many White Sharks

    Researchers explore one of the world’s most feared predator.

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    Estuarine Use & Ecological Impacts Of Two Stingray Families

    Researchers explore the movements of three abundant, coastal species of stingray in Batemans Bay Marine Park.

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  • Arresting Shark Declines, Who’s Being Killed

    Arresting Shark Declines, Who’s Being Killed

    This project is the first attempt at monitoring poaching by determining the origin of landed shark fins.

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    Grey Nurse Shark Population Study

    With support from Sea World and citizen scientists, Dr Carley Kilpatrick will assess the abundance and movement of the Critically Endangered grey nurse shark population found along the east coast of Australia.

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    Leopard Sharks

    Tracking the movements of leopard sharks on the Australian East coast.

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    Do Port Jackson Sharks like to social network?

    This project involved tagging the sharks in a variety of ways, including: visual tags, proximity tags and acoustic tags, allowing the researchers to identify individuals and track their movements on a range of scales.

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    Sevengill Shark

    How to conserve a key apex predator?

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    Vision and Light Detection in Sharks

    Researchers explore the eyes and brain of elephant sharks, part of one of the most ancient groups of jawed vertebrates.

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Year Funded

Researchers

Organisation

Project

2014

BARNETT, Adam

JCU

Determining population structure and critical habitat as a means for conserving a key apex predator: the sevengill shark

2014

HART, Nathan

UWA

A case of mistaken identity? Why do sharks attack humans?

2014

HUVENEERS, Charlie

FLINDERS

Phase I: How many white sharks? Temporal variation of the Australian white shark population assessed using novel genetic techniques

2013

COLLIN, Shaun

UWA

Auditory abilities of sharks and their relatives

2013

STOW, Adam & AHONEN, Heidi

UMACQ

Arresting shark declines, who’s being killed: A genetic approach to determine catch composition of shark fin fisheries (grey reef sharks in Indonesia and northern Australia)

2013

TAYLOR, Matt

UNSW

Estuarine use and ecological impacts of two stringray families (Dasyatidae and Urolophidae)

2012

BROWN, Culum & GUTTRIDGE, Tristan

MACQ

Wild shark social networks: impacts of human interventions

2012

COLLIN, Shaun & GARZA-GISHOLT, Eduardo

UWA

Vision and light detection in Chondrichthyans

2012

DUDGEON, Christine & DUNLOP, Rachel

UQ

Migratory movements and genetic effective population size of leopard sharks (Stegostoma fasciatum) on the Australian East coast

2011

GOLDSWORTHY, Simon & ROGERS, Paul

SARDI

DNA tags and satellite tracks: A multi-disciplinary approach to resolving dispersal and connectivity among populations of the vulnerable shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)

2011

MEEKAN, Mark & AUSTIN, Chris

AIMS

Connectivity of Indian ocean whale sharks: a holistic approach to determine regional stock boundaries

2009

DANASTAS, Blanche, VAN HERWERDEN, Lynne & SIMPFENDORFER, Colin

JCU

Population-genetic analyses and reproductive biology of the critically endangered narrow sawfish (Anoxypristis cuspidata)across northern Australia

2009

WERRY, Jonathan & LEE, Joe

GRIFFITH

Long-term movement patterns and habitat use of bull sharks: movements of sub-adults and interconnectedness of urban and natural habitats in the Gold Coast region.

2008

BENNETT, Mike, TOWNSEND, Kathy & WEEKS, Scarla

UQ

Dietary ecology and remote sensing as predictive tools for habitat utilisation of the manta ray, Manta birostris

2008

FIELD, Iain & BRADSHAW, Corey

CDU

Gene profiling shark catches: do we really know what we are catching?

2008

GILES, Jenny, REGINOS, Cynthia & OVENDEN, Jennifer

UQ/DPI

Characterising the contribution of Australian sharks to the Indo-Pacific shark fin trade: a DNA-based method to assign species and geographic origin to unknown fins

2008

KASHIWAGI, Tom, BENNETT, Mike & OVENDEN, Jennifer

UQ/DPI

Establishing a methodological baseline for population genetics research for manta ray populations

2008

WUERINGER, Barbara & COLLINS, Shaun

UQ

Sensory biology and prey manipulation behaviour of sawfish

2007

IZZO, Christopher, GILLANDERS, Bronwyn & DONNELLAN, Steve

UADL

Ageing sharks, rays and fish using non-lethal molecular methods

2007

MEEKIN, Mark

AIMS

Local and regional migratory patterns of whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

2007

RENSHAW, Gillian, MULVEY, Jamin & ASHTON, Kevin

GRIFFITH/TWEED H

Metabolic switching: a novel tool for the conservation of sharks and rays

2007

WERRY, Jonathan & LEE, Joe

GRIFFITH

Long term movement patterns & habitat use of bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas)in the Gold Coast canal system

2006

BENNETT, Mike & TAYLOR, Stephen

UQ

A contemporary and historical analysis of the sharks of Moreton Bay.

2006

GOLDSWORTHY, Simon, EINODER, Luke & BAYLIS, Alastair

SARDI/UA

Foraging ecology of apex predators in the Great Australian Bight.

2006

HART, Nathan

UQ

Can sharks and rays see colour?

2005

OTWAY, Nick

NSW Fisheries

Construction underwater photo system for quantifying the population size-structure and rates of mortality of the critically endangered grey nurse shark in South East Australian waters.

2004

BRACCINI, Juan Matias

UADL

Quantitative ecological risk of the broadnose sevengill shark and the piked spurdog: a first step towards their conservation management

2003

OTWAY, Nick, BRUCE, Barry & STEVENS, J.D.

NSW Fisheries

Habitat use and deepwater movement patterns of grey nurse sharks