Hammerhead sharks are on the verge of receiving Federal protection as an endangered species. But we need your help to make it happen!
Following nominations from Humane Society International, Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg is considering whether to protect great, scalloped and smooth hammerhead sharks as Endangered under our national environment law – the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. Hammerheads are endangered due to the shark fin trade, with fins from almost 370 tonnes of hammerheads allowed to be exported from Australia every year, fuelling the demand for shark fin soup. Australia’s shark control programs are also threatening the species with almost 15,000 hammerheads having been killed in Queensland’s Shark Control Program since its inception, and over 5,000 killed in the NSW shark meshing program.
We need to convince the Federal Environment Minister that these species of hammerhead sharks deserve to be listed as Endangered, over a lesser listing as Conservation Dependent. A Conservation Dependant listing will mean that these globally endangered species will still be allowed to be taken commercially in Australian fisheries, and exported to Asia for shark fin soup. This is no different to allowing elephants to be killed for ivory or tigers for their skins. To allow that to happen to an endangered species from Australian waters would be a disgrace.
We need to let the Minister know that these species should no longer be targeted by Australian fisheries and that they should be given the protection they deserve.
Use our online form below to tell Minister Frydenberg to protect our important top predators.