The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) and Humane Society International (HSI) today launched the Shark Champions campaign to build a national community of advocates for protecting sharks and rays in Australia.

Australia is home to more than 320 shark and ray species, half of which are unique to Australia’s waters.

Protect, conserve and manage

“Healthy oceans need sharks”, says Tooni Mahto, Campaign Manager at AMCS in The Advocate. “Today, we’re launching a campaign to drive improvements to the way in which Australia protects, conserves and manages sharks and rays.

“Sharks are under threat from unsustainable fishing, including fishing for endangered hammerhead sharks in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.”

‘Turn the tide’

HSI and AMCS are joining forces to create a powerful collective of Shark Champions to turn the tide around for sharks in Australia. Sharks are vitally important species for Australia’s ocean ecosystems, but current policies are letting them down in fisheries, at the beaches and throughout our oceans.

Shark Champions is a hub for all Australians who love our wildlife to take direct actions and achieve policy changes and conservation outcomes for sharks and rays.

Go to the Shark Champions website to learn more.

Shark Champions Campaign Launch with Ben Oxenbould from NICK FLETCHER on Vimeo.