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Fisheries NSW shark tracking

A project of NSW Department of Primary Industries in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.

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NameSpeciesLife StageRelease DateLast LocationDays Transmitted
Shark 1 White SharkJuvenile2015-08-262015-11-1379
Shark 10 White SharkJuvenile2015-10-142016-02-18127
Shark 103 White SharkJuvenile2017-06-052017-12-10188
Shark 105 White SharkJuvenile2017-06-062017-11-27174
Shark 106 White SharkJuvenile2017-08-172017-12-13118
Shark 11 White SharkJuvenile2015-10-152015-11-2036
Shark 13 White SharkJuvenile2015-10-172016-08-02290
Shark 14 White SharkJuvenile2015-10-192016-02-11115
Shark 15 White SharkJuvenile2016-05-312017-02-28273
Shark 16 White SharkJuvenile2016-05-312017-09-23480
Shark 160 White SharkJuvenile2017-08-172017-12-04109
Shark 17 White SharkJuvenile2016-05-312017-06-20385
Shark 179 White SharkJuvenile2017-09-112017-12-1090
Shark 18 White SharkJuvenile2016-06-022016-08-1574
Shark 180 White SharkJuvenile2017-09-122017-12-0786
Shark 2 White SharkJuvenile2015-08-262015-11-2086
Shark 227 White SharkSub Adult2017-10-242017-12-1451
Shark 229 White SharkJuvenile2017-10-242017-12-1451
Shark 234 White SharkSub adult2017-10-282017-12-1043
Shark 25 White SharkSub adult2016-07-042017-11-21505
Shark 251 White SharkJuvenile2017-11-152017-12-1429
Shark 26 White SharkJuvenile2016-07-042016-10-21109
Shark 27 White SharkSub adult2016-07-052017-11-25508
Shark 28 White SharkSub adult2016-07-052017-12-14527
Shark 3 White SharkSub-Adult2015-08-282016-08-11349
Shark 30 White SharkJuvenile2016-07-202017-05-09293
Shark 31 White SharkJuvenile2016-07-212016-10-1485
Shark 33 White SharkJuvenile2016-07-222017-01-03165
Shark 34 White SharkJuvenile2016-07-272016-09-1146
Shark 35 White SharkJuvenile2016-08-012017-09-30425
Shark 36 White SharkJuvenile2016-08-012017-08-06370
Shark 37 White SharkJuvenile2016-08-022017-02-11193
Shark 38 White SharkJuvenile2016-08-092017-10-28445
Shark 39 White SharkJuvenile2016-08-092016-08-134
Shark 4 White SharkJuvenile2015-08-302016-08-26362
Shark 40 White SharkJuvenile2016-08-092017-12-13491
Shark 41 White SharkSub adult2016-08-102017-12-14491
Shark 42 White SharkJuvenile2016-09-062017-08-16344
Shark 44 White SharkJuvenile2016-09-062017-02-22169
Shark 45 White SharkJuvenile2016-09-072017-10-11399
Shark 47 White SharkJuvenile2016-09-072017-04-19224
Shark 48 White SharkJuvenile2016-09-272017-07-30306
Shark 49 White SharkJuvenile2016-09-272017-06-17263
Shark 5 White SharkSub-Adult2015-09-082015-11-2477
Shark 50 White SharkJuvenile2016-10-012017-05-21232
Shark 51 White SharkJuvenile2016-10-012017-09-29363
Shark 52 White SharkJuvenile2016-10-012017-08-06309
Shark 53 White SharkJuvenile2016-10-022017-08-26328
Shark 54 White SharkSub-adult2016-10-042017-12-11433
Shark 55 White SharkJuvenile2016-10-042017-03-03150
Shark 56 White SharkJuvenile2016-10-062017-04-04180
Shark 57 White SharkJuvenile2016-10-082017-04-08182
Shark 58 White SharkJuvenile2016-10-082017-03-04147
Shark 59 White SharkJuvenile2016-10-082016-11-2043
Shark 6 White SharkJuvenile2015-09-122015-10-1735
Shark 7 White SharkSub-Adult2015-09-122015-12-1695
Shark 8 White SharkJuvenile2015-09-132016-01-10119
Shark 9 White SharkJuvenile2015-10-132016-04-23193
Shark 96 White SharkJuvenile2017-05-302017-10-16139
Tiger 7 Tiger SharkJuvenile2017-05-302017-12-14198

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Introduction

NSW Shark Management Strategy

The shark tagging project is part of the NSW Government’s targeted shark attack mitigation campaign. The project is being done by the NSW Department of Primary Industries in collaboration with the CSIRO.

The aim of the research is to target individual sharks which appear to be frequenting waters close to shore and involves (i) locating sharks from a helicopter and then capturing and tagging them from a boat or (ii) using SMART Drumline technology to capture sharks. Both externally fin-mounted satellite tags and surgically implanted acoustic tags register the natural movements of the sharks to determine the environmental and biological factors affecting white shark distribution in coastal waters. Understanding these underlying factors will assist in identifying potential areas of increased risk to water users.

Acoustic transmitters are detected by a satellite linked (VR4G) listening station that detects tagged sharks and other marine animals swimming within 500 m. Captured information goes to a satellite and is then instantaneously sent to the public and beach authorities via Twitter and SMS. Twenty listening stations have been positioned on the NSW north coast between Tweed Heads on the North Coast and Merimbula on the South Coast . Additional information on the movements of acoustically tagged sharks comes from VR2 receivers – there are hundreds of these along the NSW coast. Unlike the VR4Gs, these receivers store the data which then has to be manually downloaded at regular intervals.

  • The presentation of data here does not constitute publication. All data remain copyright of the project partners. Maps or data on this website may not be used or referenced without explicit written consent.
  • For more information please visit the project website.
  • If you have questions or would like to request the use of maps or data for this project please contact paul.butcher@dpi.nsw.gov.au.

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