IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category Year Assessed
Near Threatened Red List Criteria Version
Paul, L. & Fowler, S. (SSG Australia & Oceania Regional Workshop, March 2003) Reviewer/s
Shark Specialist Group Australia & Oceania Regional Group (Shark Red List Authority) Contributor/s Justification
A generally rare to uncommon deepwater species, with a few localities where it is taken more commonly as bycatch in several fisheries. Not an important target species, but a regular though small bycatch in many bottom trawl, midwater trawl, deep-set longline, and deep-set gillnet fisheries. As bycatch, this species is variously either used for meat, fishmeal, or discarded. Occasionally kept in aquaria (Japan). There is some concern that expansion of deepwater fisheries effort (geographically and in depth range) will increase the levels of bycatch. Although little is known of its life history, this deepwater species is likely to have very little resilience to depletion as a result of even non-targeted exploitation. It is classified as Near Threatened due to concern that it may meet the Vulnerable A2d+A3d+4d criteria.