Turning the Tide Newsletter – Spring 2023
For the first time, a ‘no-take’ rule for hammerheads in Queensland waters will soon be implemented, adding to the existing no-take rules in NSW waters.
In a hard fought campaign, hammerhead sharks have finally had a reprieve. The measures will safeguard at least 37,000 per year from being hunted for their fins and meat in state-managed waters.
Scalloped hammerheads are awaiting a decision in early 2024 by Federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek as to whether the species will be listed as ‘Endangered’.
Currently, scalloped hammerheads are caught in a loophole and despite being assessed by scientists as Endangered in Australian waters, they’re listed under our national nature laws as ‘Conservation Dependent’, meaning commercial fishing for this endangered species can continue outside of Queensland- and NSW-managed waters. This loophole favours commercial fishing interests at the expense of our environment and wildlife.