Breakthrough science to understand the lives and movements of white sharksOur research is providing insight into white shark movement patterns and behaviour, juvenile nursery areas, and adult population estimates for the eastern and southern-western Australasian populations.
Our white sharks research
White sharks: what we know
Our research is providing insight into white shark movement patterns and behaviour, juvenile nursery areas, and adult population estimates for the eastern and southern-western Australasian populations.
Estimating shark numbers
Recent research into juvenile white sharks has provided the final pieces of information needed to estimate the size of adult white shark populations in Australian waters.
White shark conservation
The white shark is listed as vulnerable and migratory under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Where in Australian waters?
White sharks occur in coastal, shelf, and continental slope waters around Australia, from north-western Western Australia and south around the coast to central Queensland.
Tracking white sharks
In collaboration with various partners and funding agencies, we've deployed some 250 electronic tags on 210 different white sharks since 2000 (some sharks are tagged with more than one type of electronic tag).
When sharks meet people
An understanding of shark movements and behaviour is important to better understand the risk of encounters with sharks. Our research does not relate directly to shark attacks.
Do shark deterrent devices work?
CSIRO does not currently conduct research on shark deterrent devices.
Berleying white sharks
Seal colonies regularly visited by white sharks can be ideal for shark viewing tourism. In Australia, white shark cage diving occurs only at the Neptune Islands Group Marine Park.