Pelagic Shark research

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) Aquatic Sciences division studies:

  • Fisheries biology and ecology of pelagic sharks.
  • Spatial and temporal overlaps between shark species, marine industries, ecotourism and fisheries.

SARDI’s research aims to:

  • Resolve the patterns of pelagic shark movement, residency and population structuring at State, national, and international scales.
  • Provide scientific information to manage shark populations and fisheries.
  • Make sure fishery and ecotourism practices are sustainable.

Threatened, Endangered and Protected Species Sub-Program (TEPS) Sub-Program

The TEPS Sub-Program is part of the Environment and Ecology Program at SARDI Aquatic Sciences.

The program aims to understand pelagic shark:

  • ecological roles
  • life history characteristics
  • movement
  • residency patterns.

The TEPS Program uses:

  • electronic tagging
  • acoustic telemetry
  • satellite tracking

to understand the critical habits of large marine predators in the Southern Ocean.

The TEPS Program produces research on how:

  • fisheries biology
  • ecology
  • marine processes

impact shark populations.

Research is focused on highly migratory shark species that move through State, Commonwealth, and International Waters. The group gives research advice to fisheries managers and policy makers.

Current shark research projects

  • Residency of white sharks in relation to the white shark cage-diving tourism industry at the Neptune Islands.
  • Migration and residency of shortfin makos in the Victorian recreational fishery.
  • Offshore pelagic survey of the large pelagic finfish and shark assemblage in the Great Australian Bight.
  • Space and time explicit patterns of movement, residency and habitat use of pelagic sharks in Spencer Gulf.
  • Resolving dispersal and connectivity among the Australasian population(s) of the shortfin mako.
  • Post-release survival and movement patterns of the school shark in the Great Australian Bight.

Contact

Dr Paul Rogers, Threatened Endangered & Protected Species SubProgram, Marine Ecosystems
SARDI Aquatic Sciences
Phone: (08) 8429 0503
Fax: (08) 8207 5415
Mobile: 0428 113 236
Email: paul.rogers@sa.gov.au

Publications

Rogers, P. J., Huveneers, C., Page, B., Goldsworthy, S. D., Coyne, M., Lowther, A. D., Mitchell, J. G., and Seuront, L. (2015). Living on the continental shelf edge: habitat use of juvenile shortfin makos Isurus oxyrinchus in the Great Australian Bight, southern Australia. Fisheries Oceanography, 24: 3. 205–218.

Rogers, P. J., Huveneers, C, and Beckmann, C. (2014). Monitoring residency of white sharks, Carcharodon carcharias in relation to the cage-diving industry in the Neptune Islands Group Marine Park. South Australian Research and Development Institute (Aquatic Sciences), Adelaide. SARDI Publication No. F2014/000800-1. SARDI Research Report Series No. 818. 75 pp.

Rogers, P. J., Huveneers, C., Goldsworthy, S. D., W. W. L. Cheung, G. K. Jones, Mitchell, J. G., and Seuront, L. (2013). Population metrics and movement of two sympatric carcharhinids: a comparison of the vulnerability of pelagic sharks of the southern Australian gulfs and shelves. Marine and Freshwater Research. dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF11234.

Rogers, P. J., Huveneers, C., Goldsworthy, S. D., Mitchell, J. G., and Seuront, L. (2012). Habitat, residency and migration of large juvenile dusky sharks off southern Australia determined using pop-up satellite archival tags. Fisheries Oceanography. doi:10.1111/fog.12009.

Rogers, P. J., Huveneers, C., Page, B., Hamer, D. J., Goldsworthy, S. D., Mitchell, J. G., and Seuront, L. (2012). A quantitative comparison of the diets of sympatric pelagic sharks in gulf and shelf ecosystems off southern Australia. ICES Journal of Marine Science. doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fss100.

Rogers, P. J., and Huveneers, C. (2009). Diet and reproductive biology of pelagic sharks in southern Australia: understanding their ecology to enhance policy development and conservation management. Final Report to Wildlife Conservation Fund. South Australian Research and Development Institute (Aquatic Sciences), Adelaide, 32pp. SARDI Publication Number F2009/000162-1. SARDI Research Report Series No. 362.

Rogers, P. J., Huveneers, C., Page, B. and Goldsworthy, S. G. (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, 34pp. SARDI Publication Number F2009/000167-1. SARDI Research Report Series No. 359.

Benavides, M. T., Feldheim, K. A., Duffy, C. A., Wintner, S., Braccini, J. M., Boomer, J., Huveneers, C., Rogers, P., Mangel, J. C., Alfaro-Shigueto, J. Cartamil, D. P., Chapman, D. D. (2011). Phylogeography of the copper shark (Carcharhinus brachyurus) in the southern hemisphere: implications for the conservation of a coastal apex predator. Marine and Freshwater Research 62(7), 861–869.

Huveneers, C., Rogers, P. J., Drew, M. (2014). Monitoring shark species of conservation concern within the Adelaide metropolitan and Gulf St Vincent regions. Final Report to the Adelaide & Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board. South Australian Research and Development Institute (Aquatic Sciences), Adelaide. SARDI Publication No. F2013/000716-1. SARDI Research Report Series No. 754. 89 pp.

Huveneers, C., Rogers, P. J., Beckmann, C., Semmens, J. M., Bruce, B. D., Seuront, L. (2013). The effects of cage-diving activities on the fine-scale swimming behaviour and space use of white shark. Marine Biology.

Huveneers, C., Rogers P. J., Semmens, J. M., Beckmann, C., Kock, A. A., Page, B., Goldsworthy, S. D. (2013). Effects of an Electric Field on White Sharks: In Situ Testing of an Electric Deterrent. Plos One 8:e62730.

Huveneers, C., Rogers, P. J., Beckmann, C., Semmens, J. M., Bruce, B. D., Seuront, L. (2013). The effects of cage-diving activities on the fine-scale swimming behaviour and space use of white shark. Marine Biology. DOI 10.1007/s00227-013-2277-6.

Huveneers, C., Rogers, P. J., Semmens, J., Beckmann, C., Kock, A. A., Page, B. and Goldsworthy, S. D. (2012). Effects of the Shark Shield™ electric deterrent on the behaviour of white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias). Final Report to SafeWork South Australia. Version 2. South Australian Research and Development Institute (Aquatic Sciences), Adelaide. SARDI Publication No. F2012/000123-1. SARDI Research Report Series No. 632. 62pp.

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