A blacktip reef shark depredating slimy mackerel offshore in Noosa, Queensland.

Get involved in the depredation research

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries are collaborating with Biopixel Oceans Foundation and James Cook University to undertake research into depredation.

This occurs when a predator completely or partially consumes fish caught in fishing apparatus before it can be landed.

Researchers are working with fishers to determine the extent of depredation, as well as which species are involved.

Fishers who participate in the research will have access to a new custom-built app to record depredation information.

If you’d like to be involved, please email

We support and conduct research to:

  • inform shark control program operations
  • guide and evaluate our trials of alternative technology
  • inform our SharkSmart tips for water users.

Our research is guided by the shark control program research strategy. This outlines our research priorities and provides opportunities for external researchers to collaborate and contribute to answering key research questions.

More than 100 species of sharks live in Queensland waterways. Most shark species do not pose a risk to people, but those that do are on our target shark species list.

We keep a record of all animals captured in nets, drumlines and catch alert drumlines.

We’re investing in research to learn more about the behaviour and species of sharks that live in Queensland waterways. Our research also investigates human behaviour which may impact shark behaviour, or increase or decrease the risk of human and shark interactions.

More information on depredation research can be found here.

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