Recovery plan for the White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias)

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, 2013

About this document

This document constitutes the Australian National Recovery Plan for the White Shark. The plan considers the conservation requirements of the species across its range and identifies the actions to be taken to ensure the species' long-term viability in nature and the parties that will undertake those actions. This is a revision of the 2002 White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) Recovery Plan (EA, 2002) and should be read in conjunction with the 2013 Issues Paper for the White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) (DSEWPaC, 2013).

This recovery plan sets out the research and management actions necessary to stop the decline of, and support the recovery of, the white shark in Australian waters. The overarching objective of this recovery plan is to assist the recovery of the white shark in the wild throughout its range in Australian waters with a view to:

  • improving the population status, leading to future removal of the white shark from the threatened species list of the EPBC Act
  • ensuring that anthropogenic activities do not hinder recovery in the near future, or impact on the conservation status of the species in the future.

Issues paper

The accompanying issues paper provides background information on the biology, population status and threats to the white shark.