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This document provides a cumulative description and assessment of the Temperate Demersal Elasmobranch Resource (TDER) and all of the fishing activities (i.e. fisheries / fishing sectors) affecting this resource in WA. Future Resource Assessment Reports will assess the State-wide sharks and rays resource.

The report is focused on the temperate indicator species (whiskery, gummy, dusky and sandbar sharks) used to assess the suites of demersal sharks and rays that comprise this resource. These species are primarily captured by demersal gillnets used in the Temperate Demersal Gillnet and Demersal Longline Fisheries (TDGDLF) that operate in the West Coast and South Coast Bioregions. For the North Coast bioregion, no commercial fishing for sharks has been reported since 2008-09 by the Northern Shark Fisheries (NSF).

The report contains information relevant to assist the assessment of the resource against Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act export approval requirements (i.e. Wildlife Trade Operations, WTO), the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Fishing and for other reporting requirements (e.g. Status of Australian Fish Stocks, SAFS).



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Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development


Perth, Western Australia


Shark fisheries, Elasmobranchs, Furgaleus macki, Mustelus antarcticus, Carcharhinus obscurus, Carcharhinus plumbeus, Indicator species, Stock assessment, Western Australia


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Resource assessment report: temperate demersal elasmobranch resource of Western Australia

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