Have your say on the Review of Grey Nurse Shark Protection

Please make a submission today and let the Government know you support stronger protection for grey nurse sharks. Submissions close on Friday, August 26 2011.

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New Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson recently rolled back protection for the critically endangered grey nurse shark at Fish Rock and Green Island. Fish Rock and Green Island are listed critical habitat sites for the grey nurse shark, essential sites for their long-term health and survival.

The NSW government is undertaking a review of management arrangements for the grey nurse shark. To allow certain types of fishing back in these areas could have a disastrous impact on their numbers.

You can view the NSW Department of Primary Industries' Review of Grey Nurse Shark Protection - Discussion paper here.

Please make a submission today and let the Government know grey nurse shark protection should be improved, not reduced. Submissions close on Friday, August 26 2011.

Make a submission online now.

Some key points to consider in your submission to the Review of Grey Nurse Shark Protection:

  • The grey nurse shark is a critically endangered species and needs much stronger protection from all threatening processes, including fishing-related impacts, to prevent its extinction;
     
  • Scientific evidence supports further restriction of specific, high-impact fishing techniques adjacent to grey nurse shark aggregation sites. Recent research by the NSW Department of Primary Industries clearly shows that grey nurses sharks interact with static baits used near aggregation sites, and knife jigs and soft plastic jigs cause risks to them. Read the full research here.
     
  • Commercial fishing effort for large sharks has increased in NSW in recent years, and this increase is likely to impact on grey nurse shark populations through increased incidental capture of threatened species. (Source: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/research/areas/systems-research/wild-fisheries/outputs/2009/1600).

    This potential impact of commercial fishing should be offset by increasing protection of this species where possible.
     

  • 1500 m radius sanctuary zones should be implemented for all critical habitat and aggregation areas for Grey Nurse Sharks, including Fsih Rock/Green Island, Mermaid Reef, Magic Point, and Bass Point.

Make a submission online today.

Thank you for your commitment to saving our iconic grey nurse sharks. To receive updates about NCC's marine conservation work, email ncc@nccnsw.org.au

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