Human-wildlife coexistence is a focus of Humane Society International Australia’s wildlife campaigns. Coexistence means to exist together, to share landscapes and behave in ways that are mutually respectful and peaceful. Coexistence aims to balance…
For over 420 million years, sharks and rays have roamed our oceans, maintaining balance in ever-changing marine ecosystems.
Australia is home to 322 species of sharks and rays, with 51% of these unique to our waters.
However this biodiversity hotspot of sharks and rays is under attack from a number of sources.
Australia’s east coast shark culling programs are outdated, ineffective and disastrous for marine animals.
Bycatch from fishery trawlers, shark netting, culling, as well as baited drum lines are drastically threatening shark and ray numbers. As well as other marine species including dolphins, whales, turtles and more.