The wide distribution of this species includes some heavily fished areas, particularly off southeastern Australia by the South East Trawl Fishery (SETF) and South Tasman Rise Fishery, possibly the Great Australian Bight Trawl Fishery, and to a lesser extent off Western Australia. This species has not been recorded from the SETF, but this may be due to the similarity of this genus, resulting in all specimens being identified as Apristurus sp A. These catsharks are possibly quite rare (T.I.Walker, pers. comm.). Deepwater demersal trawl fisheries are expanding in the region. However, a significant proportion of its range receives only minor or no fishing pressure.