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Stop the extinction of Australia's unique
deep-water sharks

True-blue Aussie sharks and rays, found nowhere else in the world, are silently battling extinction and we’re at risk of losing them before we get to know them. Australia’s largest fishery, the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF) poses one of the greatest threats to uniquely Australian sharks and rays.

Without any action, species like the Critically Endangered whitefin swellshark can still be legally harvested and sold for consumption. An average of 1,390 to 2657 individuals are harvested each year.

These uniquely Aussie sharks and rays desperately need your help. Sign the petition below and tell the Australian Asst. Fisheries Minister Jonathon Duniam to:

  • Protect our threatened endemic species as ‘no take’ species under law.
  • Improve Bycatch Reduction Devices (‘escape hatches’) to minimise their catch in first place.
  • Training fishers to safely handle sharks and rays to maximise the animal’s survival when released.

The letter below will be sent to Senator John Duniam, Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries

Parliament of Australia
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