Sharks are friend not foe

Scared of sharks? You can probably thank the movies for that. Sharks are intelligent, curious and in some cases social animals, deserving of our respect. Despite the on-screen image of a mindless predator, sharks aren’t out to get us—drone footage has shown that more often than not, they’re not interested in us at all!

The deeper we dive into learning about sharks, it becomes clearer that they are vital and beautiful components of our ecosystems — and with animals this fascinating, there’s so much to learn!


Become a Shark Champion

Why are sharks important to the ecosystem?

To say mankind’s relationship with sharks is complicated, is a massive understatement. Maligned for centuries as mindless killing machines, it’s only been very recently in the history of the human race that we’ve come to realise that not only this is not at all the case, but we’ve been beginning to learn that sharks are vitally important to ocean ecosystems. ...

BY Lawrence Chlebeck

September 28, 2022


Sharks and the Impacts of Overfishing

Healthy populations of sharks are critical to a healthy ocean. Typically occupying the top of food webs as apex predators, they keep said food webs in balance. The impact of overfishing of shark populations can cause food webs to become unstable and potentially collapse. Recent science is also revealing the important role sharks have in regulating the behavior of other...

BY Dr. Leonardo Guida

August 4, 2022


Upcoming Envoy: Shark Cull Screenings

We are thrilled to offer live screenings of Envoy: Shark Cull around Australia! The ground-breaking documentary, Envoy: Shark Cull, exposes the truth about shark culling programs on Australia’s East Coast and features Humane Society International’s very own marine biologist, Lawrence Chlebeck and Australian Marine Conservation Society’s shark scientist, Dr Leonardo Guida. Upcoming Screenings Cairns 4  August 2022 at 6:30PM Macalister...

BY Shark Champions

August 3, 2022


Shark Finning 101 - The Facts and the Statistics

Global shark fin trade The global shark and ray (hereafter, ‘sharks’ for simplicity) fin trade appears to be on the rise again. In the last 20 years, volumes of fins exported peaked at around 15,000t in 2002, and began a gradual decline where exports bottomed at around 5,000t in 2013. However, since 2013, there appears to be a gradual increase...

BY Dr. Leonardo Guida

June 30, 2022


Are Sharks Endangered & If So, Why?

Sharks have been on this earth for around 450 million years, that’s before the first tree ever sprouted from a seed (Xu et al. 2017)! They’ve survived five mass extinction events however the question we now ask ourselves is, will they survive Us?  Sharks, rays and chimaeras are all cartilaginous (cartilage, the stuff your nose is made of!) fish, making...

BY Dr. Leonardo Guida

June 1, 2022



Review of the Non-Detriment Finding for CITES Appendix II listed Hammerhead Shark Species


Why We Should #GiveFlakeABreak


On-the-water management solutions to halt the decline and support the recovery of Australia's endemic elasmobranchs

scalloped hammerhead

Review of management arrangements that support the Conservation Dependent listing of Scalloped Hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini) under the EPBC Act

Media Coverage.

Expansion of drone shark surveillance on Queensland coast aligns with shifting community sentiment
Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF) has today announced an expansion of their SharkSmart drone trial to Palm Cove...
Global warming to reshape Australian shark and ray populations and raise extinction risk
As the current century progresses, the extinction risk for sharks, rays and chimaeras* is set to rise in southern Australia...
Up to 20,000 sharks saved per year under new Queensland fisheries rules
Marine conservation groups have applauded the Queensland Government for sustainable fisheries reforms that will reduce the number of sharks killed...
The good, the bad, the ugly - extinction risk report can inform conservation of Australia's sharks and rays
The new publication of The Action Plan for Australian Sharks and Rays 2021, which assesses the extinction risk of all...

Become a Shark Champion today.

Join us and over 60,000 Shark Champions in tackling the issues sharks and rays are currently facing in Australian waters. Be a voice for precious marine life by calling on our elected leaders to give our endangered sharks and rays the protections they desperately need.

When it comes to sharks, we are their biggest threat but also their only hope. Become a Shark Champion today.