At Sharks And Rays Australia, we believe that long-term conservation goals can only be achieved if they are based on sound science, public outreach and working with local stakeholders. As such, SARA was formed with the aim to run sawfish and shark research expeditions with the involvement of the general public.
SARA is based in the city of Cairns in Far North Queensland, Australia. Cairns is often referred to as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Well over hundred thousand people flock to the Great Barrier Reef from here every year, to experience the largest reef ecosystem in the world. But Cairns is also the last big city on the way north to the remote regions of Cape York Peninsula. The landscapes of Cape York are ancient, sparsely inhabited and highly variable due to the alternating dry and wet seasons.
What not many people know is that these ecosystems, the Great Barrier Reef and also the river systems and coast lines of Cape York Peninsula are inhabited by various species of sharks, rays, and sawfishes. For one species of sawfish, the rivers in Northern Australia may actually be their last retreat.
For more information on our research and on how to get involved please see here and check out our facebook page for updates.