Australia: Hammerhead Sharks Now Fully Protected

Keeping either species of hammerhead shark taken by any means is now illegal in the waters off New South Wales, Australia.

Hammerhead shark

Hammerhead shark

DCIM\101GOPROJeff Pierce

Hammerhead sharks will now be entirely protected in some Australian waters.

According to a report in Australia's Fishing World, neither the great hammerhead (listed as "vulnerable") nor the scalloped hammerhead (listed as endangered in New South Wales) may be caught by any means or harmed. Other shark species protected off southeastern Australia include the grey nurse and great white sharks.