2017 was a huge year for sharks in Australia and on a global front. In October, many important sharks were nominated for listing under the Convention of Migratory Species (CMS), the important UN environmental treaty. The Australian Government attended the meeting, but instead of supporting the listings of three important shark species which swim on our shores they are set to take out reservations. And we need your help to convince them otherwise!
The blue shark is the most migratory and wide ranging of all sharks. But it is also caught in fisheries and as bycatch at a staggering 20 million individuals a year making it the most commonly found shark in the destructive fin trade. The dusky shark is also a prominent species of the fin trade, and is being killed in international longline fisheries, including in Australia. Dusky sharks are also a target for recreational game fishers looking for a trophy. The white-spotted wedgefish is highly sought after in Asia as they fetch high prices for their fins in trade. And sadly as it is a coastal inshore species the wedgefish is very easy to catch.
It is for all of these reasons that we are pushing for our Government to uphold these shark listings under CMS and urge them to stop commercial and recreational species from continuing to catch these species in Australian waters.
Australia is an important and respected member of CMS, and while the Australian Government has been great at securing protection for sharks at CMS in the past, more recently they have dropped the ball. We are very disappointed as this is not the first time Australia has taken out ‘reservations’ following recent CMS conferences to placate the commercial and recreational fishing industries and continue targeted shark fishing.
This needs to end and we need you to voice your concerns to the Environment Minister and help give these sharks the protection they deserve and stop targeted fishing of sharks in Australia.
We can’t do it without you.
Use our online form below to tell Environment Minister Frydenberg and Assistant Environment Minister Price to protect our important top predators.
This TAKE ACTION has now closed. Sadly, the Australian Government took out reservations against UN protection agreed for blue sharks, dusky sharks and white-spotted wedgefish at CMS. Read more about it in our Media Release.