In July 2012 the former Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry released Australia’s second National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks 2012 (Shark-plan 2).
Shark-plan 2 identifies how Australia will manage and conserve sharks, and ensure that Australia meets international conservation and management obligations. The plan identifies research and management actions across Australia for the long-term sustainability of sharks, including actions to help minimise the impacts of fishing on sharks.
Australia is a world leader in the ecologically sustainable use of natural resources. Shark-plan 2 provides a framework for the conservation of Australia’s shark populations and for guiding the industries and communities that impact upon them.
Shark-plan 2 has been developed in conjunction with state, Northern Territory and Australian Government agencies, and has been endorsed by the Shark-plan Implementation and Review Committee and the Australian Fisheries Management Forum.
An operational strategy for Shark-plan 2 has been developed in consultation with government stakeholders, to identify actions Commonwealth, state and Northern Territory jurisdictions will pursue over the next four years to contribute to the broader objectives of Shark-plan 2.
Shark-plan Representative Group (SRG)
In 2013 a representative group (SRG) was established to oversee and report on the implementation of the operational strategy for Shark-plan 2. The SRG meets annually and includes representatives from the Northern Territory and state fisheries agencies, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of the Environment, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Fisheries Research Development Corporation, commercial and recreational fishing sectors and environmental non government organisations. The SRG replaces the Shark Implementation and Review Committee (SIRC) previously established under
Australia’s first National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks. Relevant documents from the SRG meetings are available below.
2009 Shark Assessment Report for the Australian National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks
In March 2010, the then Bureau of Rural Sciences (now Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences) prepared the 2009 Shark Assessment Report. This report identifies significant changes that have occurred in fisheries since the release of the '2001 Shark Assessment Report' and identifies new and ongoing issues that should be considered in the context of the National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks. The information presented in the report is based on a compilation of reports provided by Commonwealth, state and territory fishery management agencies, research reports and expert opinion.