Species Profile and Threats Database

For information to assist proponents in referral, environmental assessments and compliance issues, refer to the Policy Statements and Guidelines (where available), the Conservation Advice (where available) or the Listing Advice (where available).
In addition, proponents and land managers should refer to the Recovery Plan (where available) or the Conservation Advice (where available) for recovery, mitigation and conservation information.

EPBC Act Listing Status Listed migratory - Bonn
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans
Policy Statements and Guidelines Marine bioregional plan for the Temperate East Marine Region (Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC), 2012aa) [Admin Guideline].
Marine bioregional plan for the South-west Marine Region (Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC), 2012z) [Admin Guideline].
Sharks and rays - A Vulnerability Assessment for the Great Barrier Reef (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), 2011j) [Admin Guideline].
Federal Register of
    Legislative Instruments
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - Update of the List of Migratory Species (11/12/2009) (Commonwealth of Australia, 2009p) [Legislative Instrument].
Non-statutory Listing Status
IUCN: Listed as Vulnerable (Global Status: IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: 2013.1 list)
Scientific name Isurus oxyrinchus [79073]
Family Lamnidae:Lamniformes:Chondrichthyes:Chordata:Animalia
Species author Rafinesque, 1809
Infraspecies author  
Distribution map Species Distribution Map

This is an indicative distribution map of the present distribution of the species based on best available knowledge. See map caveat for more information.

Illustrations Google Images

Marine bioregional plans have been developed for four of Australia's marine regions - South-west, North-west, North and Temperate East. Marine Bioregional Plans will help improve the way decisions are made under the EPBC Act, particularly in relation to the protection of marine biodiversity and the sustainable use of our oceans and their resources by our marine-based industries. Marine Bioregional Plans improve our understanding of Australia's oceans by presenting a consolidated picture of the biophysical characteristics and diversity of marine life. They describe the marine environment and conservation values of each marine region, set out broad biodiversity objectives, identify regional priorities and outline strategies and actions to address these priorities. Click here for more information about marine bioregional plans.

The Shortfin Mako has been identified as a conservation value in the South-west (DSEWPaC 2012z) and Temperate East (DSEWPaC 2012aa) marine regions. See Schedule 2 of the South-west Marine Bioregional Plan (DSEWPaC 2012z) for regional advice. The "species group report card - sharks" for the South-west (DSEWPaC 2012z) and Temperate East (DSEWPaC 2012aa) marine regions provide additional information.

No threats data available.

Ardizzone, D., G.M. Calliet, L.J. Natanson, A.H. Andrews, L.A. Kerr & T.A. Brown (2006). Application of bomb radiocarbon chronologies to shortfin mako (Isurus oxyrinchus) age validation. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 77:355-66.

Bishop, S.D.H., M.P. Francis, C. Duffy & J.C. Montgomery (2006). Age, growth, maturity, longevity and natural mortality of shortfin mako (Isurus oxyrinchus) in New Zealand waters. Marine and Freshwater Research . 57:143-154.

Cortes, E., F. Arocha, L. Beerkircher, F. Carvalho, A. Domingo, M. Heupel, H. Holtzhausen, M.N. Santos, M. Ribera & C. Simpfendorfer (2010). Ecological risk assessment of pelagic sharks caught in Atlantic pelagic longline fisheries. Aquatic Living Resources. 23:25-35.

Duffy, C. & M.P. Francis (2001). Evidence of summer parturition in shortfin mako (Isurus oxyrinchus) sharks from New Zealand waters. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research. 35:319-324.

Dulvy, N.K., J.K. Baum, S. Clarke, L.J.V. Compagno, E. Cortes, A. Domingo, S. Fordham, S. Fowler, M.P. Francis, C. Gibson, J. Martinez, J.A. Musick, A. Soldo, J.D. Stevens & S. Valenti (2008). You can swim but you can’t hide: the global status and conservation of oceanic pelagic sharks and rays. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 18:459-82.

Last, P.R & J.D Stevens (2009). Sharks and Rays of Australia (Second Edition). Collingwood, Victoria: CSIRO Publishing.

Mollet, H.F., G. Cliff, H.L. Pratt Jr & J.D. Stevens (2000). Reproductive biology of the female shortfin mako, Isurus oxyrinchus Rafinesque, 1810, with comments on the embryonic development of lamnoids. Fishery Bulletin. 98:298-318.

Natanson, L.J., N.E. Kohler, D. Ardizzone, G.M. Calliet, S.P. Wintner & H.F. Mollet (2006). Validated age and growth estimates for the shortfin mako, Isurus oxyrinchus, in the North Atlantic Ocean. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 77:367-383.

Pratt, H.L. Jr & J.G. Casey (1983). Age and growth of the shortfin mako Isurus oxyrinchus, using four methods. Canadian Journal of Fisheris and Aquatic Sciences. 40:1944-57.

Rogers, P.J., C. Huveneers, B. Page & S.G. Goldsworthy (2009). Movement patterns of pelagic sharks in the Southern and Indian Oceans: determining critical habitats and migration paths. Final Report to Nature Foundation SA Inc. South Australian Research and Development Institute (Aquatic Sciences), Adelaide, 36pp. SARDI Publication Number F2009/000167–1.

Woodhams, J., S. Viera & I. Stobutzki (2012). Fishery Status Reports 2011. Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, Canberra.

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This database is designed to provide statutory, biological and ecological information on species and ecological communities, migratory species, marine species, and species and species products subject to international trade and commercial use protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act). It has been compiled from a range of sources including listing advice, recovery plans, published literature and individual experts. While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, no guarantee is given, nor responsibility taken, by the Commonwealth for its accuracy, currency or completeness. The Commonwealth does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the information contained in this database. The information contained in this database does not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth. This database is not intended to be a complete source of information on the matters it deals with. Individuals and organisations should consider all the available information, including that available from other sources, in deciding whether there is a need to make a referral or apply for a permit or exemption under the EPBC Act.

Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Isurus oxyrinchus in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Sat, 12 Jul 2014 02:33:53 +1000.