Protecting Sharks and Rays in Australia

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This grant supports efforts to protect sharks and rays in Australia, a global hotspot for endemic sharks and rays threatened with extinction. The Humane Society International (HSI), in collaboration with the Australian Marine Conservation Society, will conduct a joint three-year program to secure legal, public and policy support to protect and conserve Australia’s endemic and migratory sharks. 

Specifically, the project aims to build public support and create political incentives for shark protection in Australian waters, reduce the number of threatened sharks caught in Australian fisheries, and secure the listing of all threatened shark species under State and Federal laws, ensuring that threatened species protection for sharks is implemented effectively and assists in their recovery. The project also hopes to prevent the introduction of new, and the expansion of existing, shark culling programs and transition existing shark control programs towards non-lethal technologies.

Through collaborative partnerships, we support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. Our work is divided into six main program areas – Wildlands Conservation, Oceans Conservation, Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, Transforming California, and Innovative Solutions.

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