Threatened and protected species
Reducing impacts on threatened and protected species
Taking action to protect threatened and protected marine wildlife from harm.
Stage 1 actions
Protect and conserve marine wildlife
Developing education and compliance campaigns to improve community awareness of marine wildlife issues. For example, a Seal Interaction Plan has been prepared.
Improve reporting of interactions with marine wildlife
Creating a web portal to help vets and wildlife rescuers and rehabilitators to report marine wildlife interactions and emergencies.
Commercial fishing observer program
Expanding the commercial fishing observer program to better understand and manage interactions with threatened and protected species.
6 Mar 2020 – Purpose-built biodegradable ‘seahorse hotels’ have been installed at a site in Sydney Harbour this month as part of a world-first conservation project that aims to provide habitat for a captive-bred population of White’s Seahorses and boost dwindling numbers of the endangered species.
18 Feb 2020 - A Critically Endangered Grey Nurse Shark now has full use of both eyes thanks to a successful rescue operation that removed fishing hooks caught between its eye and jaw.
6 Dec 2019 – A program launched in Sydney aims to successfully breed a population of White’s Seahorse in captivity. The captive-bred seahorses will then be released back into the wild in an effort to reverse the decline of this species that has recently been listed as endangered.
Page last updated/reviewed: 26 Aug 2020