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Extinction for Grey Nurse Shark

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Extinction for Grey Nurse Shark

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									      EXTINCTION EVIDENT FOR
        GREY NURSE SHARKS
     Question: What do you call a Shark with a Hook in its Mouth?

                         Answer: A Grey Nurse.
The above joke is not all that funny but unfortunately it is very true. The
Grey Nurse Shark is considered Australia’s most threatened marine species
and a three year study by NSW Fisheries, Environment Australia & the scuba
diving community has found that there are less than 300 Grey Nurse Sharks
remaining on the East Coast of Australia.
The NSW Government has just released the Draft Recovery Plan for Grey
Nurse Sharks for pub lic comment and unfortunately it does very little to
protect the species from extinction. The NSW Government appears to be
more concerned about the negligible impact of scuba diving than it does
about the significant impact of Recreational Fishing on the shark.
Recreational Fishers are killing the Grey Nurse Shark!

The Commonwealth Recovery Plan for Grey Nurse Sharks identified
Recreational Fishing as the Greatest Threat to the recovery of the Grey
Nurse Sharks. It appears the NSW Government has ignored the advice of the
Commonwealth Grey Nurse Shark Recovery Team (made up of experts from
Environment Australia, NSW Fisheries, Queensland Fisheries and CSIRO) in
fear of upsetting recreational anglers before the upcoming NSW election.

The only way to ensure that the Grey Nurse Shark does not become extinct is
to ban all forms of line fishing from the 13 critical habitat sites and declare
them as No Take Sanctuary Zones. Unless these sites are protected from line
fishing, it is inevitable that the remaining 300 grey nurse sharks will be
incidentally caught and killed.

This is the first and only chance for anyone who is interested in
the conservation of the Grey Nurse Shark to voice their opinion.
 Public comments on the draft recovery plan must be submitted
                         by 28 June 2002.

  Information on where to get a copy of the draft recovery plan
  and how to make a submission can be found on the last page.
 The Impact of Fishing on Grey Nurse Sharks (Carcharias taurus)




 Image 1: Grey nurse shark with large hook in left hand side of the jaw. The hook
  was actually hooked through the top and bottom jaws and it was unlikely that the
shark was able to feed. This shark was observed for one week and then disappeared.
   Image taken at Broughton Island located off Port Stephens NSW in June 2001.




 Image 2: Grey nurse shark with hooks in left hand side of jaw and large wire trace
trailing behind. This is common recreational fishing equipment. Image taken at The
                  Pinnacle located of Forster NSW in January 2002.
  Image 3: Juvenile grey nurse shark with three gang hook set up caught in the left
  hand side of the jaw. This is typical recreational fishing gear. Image taken at the
            Tollgate Islands off Batemans Bay NSW in December 2001.




Image 4: Evidence of a wound directly caused by a hook. It is unknown what impact
this injury had on the shark as it was only ever been seen once by divers. Image taken
                            at Fish Rock NSW in July 2001.
  Image 5: Juvenile grey nurse shark at Magic Point located off Maroubra with
recreational fishing hook in right side of jaw. Image taken at Magic Point NSW in
                                  November 2001.




Image 6: Grey nurse shark with large ‘Gaff’ wound. It appears a fisher has caught
the shark and used a gaff hook to land the shark. Image taken at Fish Rock NSW in
                                     July 2001.
  Image 7: Grey nurse shark with hook and line in right side of jaw, appears to be
  recreational fishing equipment. Image taken at the Pinnacle off Forster NSW in
                                   August 2001.




    Image 8: The grey nurse shark has a hook and line in right part of its jaw, an
infection has started to occur in the base of the mouth. Image taken at Green Island at
                      South West Rocks NSW in September 2001.
Image 9: Grey nurse shark with large hook embedded in left side of jaw. Image taken
                       at Fish Rock NSW in October 2001.




  Image 10: Grey nurse shark with large stainless steel hook and line in left side of
jaw, appears to be recreational fishing equipment. Image taken at Seal Rocks NSW,
                                   date is unknown.
 Image 11: Grey Nurse with huge hook and large wire trace hanging from right side
of mouth. Photo taken at Forster Pinnacle on April 11th 2002. The day this photo was
 taken, over 80% of the grey nurse sharks at the Forster Pinnacle had hooks and lines
                             hanging from their mouths.




  Image 12: Grey Nurse with huge hook and large piece of rope hanging from right
side of mouth. Photo taken at Forster Pinnacle on April 11th 2002. The day this photo
 was taken, 21 of the 24 grey nurse sharks at the Forster Pinnacle had hooks and lines
       hanging from their mouths. This fishing setup is used by amateur fishers.
  Image 13: This Grey nurse shark will probably never mate again. The shark has a
large hook with mono –filament line hanging from its claspers. Photo taken at Forster
        Pinnacle NSW on April 11th 2002. Typical recreational fishing setup.




  Image 14: This grey nurse shark was fortunate to escape the fishers. However, the
fishers removed the top fins, the side fins and the bottom of the tail fin before they put
 the shark back. The shark was observed for 3 weeks swimming around in distress, it
         was never seen again. Photo taken at the Cod Grounds NSW in 2000.
Image 15: Two dead grey nurse sharks found at the South West Rocks boat ramp in
       July 2000. The sharks have had their side fins and top fins removed.




  Image 16: The above picture is an indication of the fishing pressure that grey nurse
 sharks and black cod are subjected to at Fish Rock, located at SW Rocks. Fish Rock
is a proposed critical habitat site for grey nurse sharks. The two boats on the right are
    dive boats diving on the grey nurse sharks, the four other boats are line fishing
directly on top of the shark gutter. Divers in July 2001 observed sharks being hooked
  underwater at this location at found that over 50% of the sharks had hooks and line.
                      Image taken at Fish Rock NSW in July 2001.
        Send in a submission
Copies of the Draft NSW Grey Nurse Shark Recovery Plan can be found on
the NSW Fisheries website (www.fisheries.nsw.gov.au). The NSW Fisheries
Grey Nurse Shark information page can be found at:
 www.fisheries.nsw.gov.au/conservation/species/grey-nurse/home-grey-nurse.htm

All those concerned about the future of Grey Nurse Sharks are
encouraged to make a submission before June 28 2002. In your
submission you should state:

- All 13 Grey Nurse Shark Critical Habitat Sites MUST be
declared No Take Sanctuary Zones.

- All forms of Line Fishing MUST be BANNED from the 13
Grey Nurse Shark Critical Habitat Sites.
Written submissions should be submitted to the address below, faxed to NSW
Fisheries on (02) 4916 3880, or you can make an online submission at the NSW
Fisheries website:
Threatened Species Unit (Grey Nurse Shark)
NSW Fisheries
Private Bag 1
Nelson Bay NSW 2315
Fax: 02 4916 3880
Also, to make sure that the NSW Government listens to your submission send
a copy to the Premier of NSW:
The Hon Bob Carr
Premier of NSW
Parliament House
Macquarie Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000

   Submissions must be received by Friday 28
                 June 2002.
    Grey Nurse Shark Information Days
Community information days are being held throughout the public comment
period. Members of the community are encouraged to come along and
discuss the draft recovery plan and have a say. Public submissions can also
be handed in at the Public information days. Drop in any time between 3pm
and 7pm at any of the following locations:
Location             Venue                           Day         Date
Byron Bay            Byron Bay Surf Club             Wednesday   12 June 02
                     Bay St, Byron Bay
Coffs Harbour        Norm Jordan Pavilion            Tuesday     11 June 02
                     Coffs Harbour Showground
                     Pacific Hwy, Coffs Harbour
South West Rocks     SW Rocks Surf Club              Thursday    13 June 02
                     Horseshoe Bay Reserve
                     South West Rocks
Port Macquarie       Hastings Library                Friday      14 June 02
                     Corner of Gordon and Grant
                     Street, Port Macquarie
Forster/Seal Rocks   Great Lakes Council             Wednesday   29 May 02
                     Committee Room
                     Breese Parade, Forster
Port Stephens        NSW Fisheries Visitors Centre   Thursday    30 May 02
                     Taylors Beach Rd
                     Taylors Beach
Newcastle            Newcastle City Hall             Tuesday     28 May 02
                     Newcastle Room
                     290 King St, Newcastle
Sydney               Vonnie Young Auditorium         Monday      27 May 02
                     Bowen Library
                     666-673 Anzac Parade
                     Maroubra
Shellharbour         Oakleigh Park Hall              Monday      3 June 02
                     Shell Harbour Road,
                     Warilla (adjacent to Tennis
                     Courts)
Jervis Bay           Huskisson Community Centre      Tuesday     4 June 02
                     Corner of Tomarong Road and
                     Dent Street, Huskisson
Batemans Bay         Batemans Bay Community Hall     Wednesday   5 June 02
                     2 Museum Place, Batemans Bay
Narooma              Narooma Sport and Game          Thursday    6 June 02
                     Fishing Club
                     25 Riverside Drive, Narooma
Canberra             John Gorton Building – Reef     Friday      7 June 02
                     Room – Ground Floor
                     Environment Australia, King
                     Edward Terrace, Canberra

								
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