Shark Conservation Australia (SCA) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the welfare, protection and conservation of shark species worldwide.
Our mission is to promote, raise awareness and advocate for the conservation of sharks through education, the law and advocacy.
Our aim is to see the elimination of all forms of cruelty, abuse and exploitation of sharks and advocate for stronger legal protections for their species.
100 million sharks are killed each year
Oceans are experiencing severe degradation that climate change is worsening. The extra heat and acidity due to the absorption of carbon dioxide by the oceans severely impacts the life cycles of marine fauna and flora, including sharks.
Photo: Thomas P. Peschak
Shark nets are not made to prevent sharks from entering the beach area. Indeed, sharks have a chance to avoid them as these nets do not form a complete barrier. What nets are designed to do however is to kill resident sharks, as the more often these sharks will enter and leave the beach, the higher the probability that they get entangled in the net. This is merely a culling program.
Few people know that shark liver oil can be found in a large number of products they use daily. Sharks have large livers saturated with oil, which allows them to be buoyant in water. Squalene is a compound derived from this liver oil. It is mostly used
Shark finning is by far the main reason for shark overfishing
Shark fin soup is an Asian delicacy, with a high monetary and cultural value. If its consumption has started with the Emperor Taizu of the Northern Song (960-976), it was with the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) that shark fin soup became an established dish. The increased population and prosperity in China, Hong Kong and Singapore has resulted in an exploding demand for shark fin soup
Whether targeted or as bycatch result, sharks are indiscriminately caught in Australia by gillnets, longlines and trawlers. Shark meat is usually sold as “flakes” in fish and chips stores throughout the country. Only gummy and rig shark species’ flesh should be marketed this way, according to the Australian Fish Names Committee.