From 26 September to 03 October 2013 these surveys documented a previously unrecognised significant population of the Endangered Northern River Shark.
Dr Peter Kyne
Peter is a conservation biologist with interests in marine and freshwater systems, focusing on the collection of life history and ecological information to guide the management and conservation of biodiversity and assess population status and extinction risk. He has a background in fish biology, fisheries bycatch mitigation and fish conservation, particularly in relation to the chondrichthyan fishes (sharks, batoids and chimaeras), from freshwater systems to the deep-sea. He is an active member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Shark Specialist Group (SSG), holding the positons of Regional Vice-Chair (Australia and Oceania) and Red List Officer. His work with the SSG centres on undertaking global and regional assessments of extinction risk for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Current research focuses on the management and recovery of threatened species in northern Australia, in particular sawfishes and river sharks. Additionally, he has an interest in monitoring and managing threatened shorebird and terrestrial bird species.
Peter led the NERP (National Environmental Research Program) Marine Biodiversity Hub project ‘Supporting Management of Listed and Rare Species’, and is currently leading the NESP (National Environmental Science Program) Marine Biodiversity Hub project ‘Northern Australian Hotspots for the Recovery of Threatened Euryhaline Species’. These projects aim to improve the understanding and management of data-poor and low abundance threatened euryhaline and estuarine elasmobranch species (sharks and rays occurring in rivers and estuaries). Threatened sawfishes and river sharks of northern Australia represent the focal species, in particular the Largetooth Sawfish Pristis pristis, Speartooth Shark Glyphis glyphis and Northern River Shark Glyphis garricki. Details of these projects can be found at:
- American Elasmobranch Society
- Birdlife Australia
- IUCN (the World Conservation Union) Species Survival Commission Shark Specialist Group
- Northern Territory Field Naturalists Club
- Oceania Chondrichthyan Society
- Queensland Wader Study Group