Threatened Species vs Protected Species

Threatened Species

Threatened species are one category of protected fish. A species, population or ecological community is considered 'threatened' if in the opinion of the Fisheries Scientific Committee it is facing a high risk of extinction in NSW in the future.

There are a number of threatened categories in the Fisheries Management Act 1994. They are:

  • Vulnerable species
  • Vulnerable ecological communities
  • Endangered species
  • Endangered populations
  • Endangered ecological communities
  • Species presumed extinct
  • Critically endangered species
  • Critically endangered ecological communities

See the list of threatened species, populations and ecological communities.

Protected species

As well as threatened species, there are also a number of other rare fish that are protected from fishing or collecting. Although populations of these species may not be currently declining, they must be protected so that they do not become threatened at some time in the future.

Species such as mangroves, seagrasses and seaweeds are important fish habitat and are also protected to maintain the health of aquatic communities and the productivity of our fisheries.

More information on aquatic habitat protection