Scuba Divers Federation of South Australia
Sharks and Rays in South Australia
According to Primary Industries and Regions department of the South Australian government, there are over 160 species of sharks in Australian waters (see here for more information).
The SDFSA believes that sharks, as apex predators, are important to the health of marine ecosystems, and guidelines set by PIRSA should be observed.
Divers should be aware that White sharks in particular are a protected species in South Australia, including prohibitions on take, harm, harassment, sale, purchase or possession of sharks or parts of sharks. (See Section 71 of the South Australian Fisheries Management Act 2007).
The SDFSA is concerned about the health of shark and ray populations and is supporting efforts to protect these species in South Australia’s waters. For more information, go to the independent Facebook group, Supporting Sharks and Rays in SA.