Shark tagging

NSW tagged as a world leader in shark program

The NSW Government’s shark tagging program is now estimated to be the largest in the world.

Tracking sharks is helping NSW DPI scientists to determine their movement patterns and increase our knowledge of shark behaviour.

Research shows that some White Sharks travel tens of thousands of kilometres, some moving across the Bight to Western Australia, others to Tasmania and New Zealand. Check out the latest video showing the movements of sharks tagged in NSW.

Sharks tagged with acoustic tags are tracked on NSW’s network of 21 VR4G listening stations, located from Merimbula north to Tweed Heads.

In two years, there have been more than 26,000 shark detections on these listening stations which have then been communicated to water users via the SharkSmart app.

The Department of Primary Industries’ shark tagging project is done predominately by SMART drumlines. Hooks baited with mullet are deployed into the ocean. SMART drumlines comprise of an anchor and rope, two buoys, and a satellite-linked communications unit which is attached to a trace and baited hook. When a shark is hooked, the pressure on the line triggers the communications unit which alerts DPI scientists or contractors via phone call, email and text message to the presence of an animal on the line. The team then responds immediately to the SMART drumline alert to manage the animal.

Where possible, both externally fin-mounted satellite tags and surgically inserted acoustic tags are fitted to the shark. This enables scientists to register the natural movements of the sharks to determine the environmental and biological factors affecting their distribution in coastal waters.

Understanding these underlying factors will assist in identifying potential areas of increased risk to water users.

Data is uploaded to maps through the Wildlife Tracking website. Click on the name of each White Shark to go to Wildlife Tracking for maps and more information.

NameSpeciesLife StageRelease DateLast LocationDays Transmitted
Shark 1 White SharkJuvenile2015-08-262015-11-1379
Shark 10 White SharkJuvenile2015-10-142016-02-18127
Shark 103 White SharkJuvenile2017-06-052018-04-29328
Shark 105 White SharkJuvenile2017-06-062017-11-27174
Shark 106 White SharkJuvenile2017-08-172018-02-26193
Shark 11 White SharkJuvenile2015-10-152015-11-2036
Shark 13 White SharkJuvenile2015-10-172016-08-02290
Shark 14 White SharkJuvenile2015-10-192016-02-11115
Shark 15 White SharkJuvenile2016-05-312017-02-28273
Shark 16 White SharkJuvenile2016-05-312017-09-23480
Shark 160 White SharkJuvenile2017-08-172018-11-24464
Shark 17 White SharkJuvenile2016-05-312017-06-20385
Shark 179 White SharkJuvenile2017-09-112018-10-31415
Shark 18 White SharkJuvenile2016-06-022016-08-1574
Shark 180 White SharkJuvenile2017-09-122018-01-08118
Shark 2 White SharkJuvenile2015-08-262015-11-2086
Shark 227 White SharkSub Adult2017-10-242018-03-22149
Shark 229 White SharkJuvenile2017-10-242018-09-05316
Shark 234 White SharkSub adult2017-10-282018-10-16353
Shark 25 White SharkSub adult2016-07-042018-09-03791
Shark 251 White SharkJuvenile2017-11-152018-01-1056
Shark 26 White SharkJuvenile2016-07-042016-10-21109
Shark 27 White SharkSub adult2016-07-052017-11-25508
Shark 28 White SharkSub adult2016-07-052018-11-17865
Shark 290 White SharkSub adult2018-07-272018-11-26122
Shark 3 White SharkSub-Adult2015-08-282016-08-11349
Shark 30 White SharkJuvenile2016-07-202017-05-09293
Shark 31 White SharkJuvenile2016-07-212016-10-1485
Shark 315 White SharkSub adult2018-08-292018-11-2184
Shark 33 White SharkJuvenile2016-07-222017-01-03165
Shark 34 White SharkJuvenile2016-07-272016-09-1146
Shark 35 White SharkJuvenile2016-08-012017-09-30425
Shark 36 White SharkJuvenile2016-08-012018-01-29546
Shark 37 White SharkJuvenile2016-08-022017-02-11193
Shark 38 White SharkJuvenile2016-08-092017-10-28445
Shark 39 White SharkJuvenile2016-08-092016-08-134
Shark 4 White SharkJuvenile2015-08-302016-08-26362
Shark 40 White SharkJuvenile2016-08-092018-10-31813
Shark 41 White SharkSub adult2016-08-102018-11-21833
Shark 42 White SharkJuvenile2016-09-062017-08-16344
Shark 44 White SharkJuvenile2016-09-062017-02-22169
Shark 45 White SharkJuvenile2016-09-072017-10-11399
Shark 47 White SharkJuvenile2016-09-072017-04-19224
Shark 48 White SharkJuvenile2016-09-272018-10-25758
Shark 49 White SharkJuvenile2016-09-272017-06-17263
Shark 5 White SharkSub-Adult2015-09-082015-11-2477
Shark 50 White SharkJuvenile2016-10-012017-05-21232
Shark 51 White SharkJuvenile2016-10-012017-09-29363
Shark 52 White SharkJuvenile2016-10-012018-08-03671
Shark 53 White SharkJuvenile2016-10-022017-08-26328
Shark 54 White SharkSub-adult2016-10-042018-06-05609
Shark 55 White SharkJuvenile2016-10-042017-03-03150
Shark 56 White SharkJuvenile2016-10-062017-04-04180
Shark 57 White SharkJuvenile2016-10-082017-04-08182
Shark 58 White SharkJuvenile2016-10-082017-03-04147
Shark 59 White SharkJuvenile2016-10-082016-11-2043
Shark 6 White SharkJuvenile2015-09-122015-10-1735
Shark 7 White SharkSub-Adult2015-09-122015-12-1695
Shark 8 White SharkJuvenile2015-09-132016-01-10119
Shark 9 White SharkJuvenile2015-10-132016-04-23193
Shark 96 White SharkJuvenile2017-05-302017-10-16139
Tiger 29 Tiger SharkJuvenile2018-01-292018-07-25177
Tiger 32 Tiger SharkJuvenile2018-02-122018-07-17155
Tiger 33 Tiger SharkJuvenile2018-02-122018-11-21282
Tiger 7 Tiger SharkJuvenile2017-05-302018-03-25299

Click on an animal's name for maps and more information.