Shark Control Program Science and Research

Fisheries Queensland supports ongoing research as part of Shark Control Program (SCP) operations. Several projects and a Scientific Working Group are examining the effectiveness of the program and investigating better ways of reducing the accidental capture of other marine animals (non-target species). In addition, Officers of the Fisheries department regularly meet with members of the public, scientists and inventors to discuss new methods and technologies.

Scientific working group

The Queensland Shark Control Program Scientific Working Group, established by the Queensland Government, brings together expertise in gear technology, species science and program management. The Group’s role is to advise DAF on scientific matters of relevance to the program.

Read the Terms of reference and members

Scientific working group meeting minutes

Follow the links to read the meeting minutes of the Shark Control Program Scientific Working Group.

Shark Control Program Research Strategy

This research strategy outlines priorities for the future to inform government investment and opportunities for other partners to contribute to answering key research questions. The strategy was developed in consultation with the Shark Control Program Scientific Working Group.

View the shark control program research strategy.

Current research projects

Fisheries Queensland's ongoing commitment to collaborative research programs with academic institutions includes investigations into the Hammerhead sharks of Southeastern Queensland, their nursery grounds, movement and interaction with the SCP.

Current programs include:

  • Collection of shark DNA samples
  • Providing shark samples to research institutions

Equipment trials that involve utilising:

  • an acoustic dolphin dissuasive device to limit the interactions of dolphins with baited drumlines
  • stingray bait to limit the interactions of dolphins with baited drumlines
  • circle hooks to reduce the incidence of non-target species catch
  • green lights attached to shark nets to reduce turtle by-catch

Previous research projects

Queensland Large Shark Tagging Program

Led by Dr Jonathan Werry, this 5-year program (2009 – 2014) monitored movements of Queensland's most dangerous shark species using satellite and acoustic tags.

Tiger Shark Program

Fisheries Queensland officer and PhD student Bonnie Holmes collected biological information on tiger sharks in Queensland waters and monitored their movements using satellite tags.

Improving our technology

The SCP has explored advances in acoustic alarm/pinger technology for reducing entanglement of marine mammals.

Currently the SCP is trialling two different types of pingers on nets and selected drumlines in southern Queensland. We will continue to monitor the use of acoustic alarm/pinger technologies as a potentially effective method to reduce marine mammal entanglements.