The WA Premier Colin Barnett acknowledged that there was strong opposition to the plans for shark hunting but warned would be saboteurs of $20,000 fines for interfering with baited hooks.
The idea is to place hook and lines a kilometre off the Perth beaches of Ocean Reef, Mullaloo, Trigg, Scarborough, Floreat, City Beach, Cottesloe, North Cottesloe and Port Leighton as well as at several beaches in the South West. All sharks hooked over 3m will be killed and any 3m+ White, Bull or Tiger sharks seen inside two sprawling Kill zones will also be pursued and killed.
The Premier stated that we have had 20 fatal sharks attacks in WA in the past 100 years – seven of them in the past 3 years.
I was at the recent protest on Cottesloe Beach spurred on by my daughter and from what I can gather this government sanctioned approach is unlikely to help the public or surfers much, if at all. Plus the baited hooks are likely to effect and kill many other marine creatures, as baited hooks attract all comers not just the targeted species.
Sharks are mainly migratory and as any ecologist will tell you if you remove an animal like a shark from it’s habitat another individual will likely take up on the opening that creates in the ecosystem. So unless the cull is a permanent feature of government policy the sharks will surely return.
As this is not an issue that will go away quickly I ask what do you think? Love some feedback.
For more useful, balanced information on shark attacks and culling see
www.australasianscience.com.au/article/issue-december-2013/how-prevent-shark-attacks.html. Thanks Edwina for recently sharing this.
I feel sorry for the sharks but also want safe beaches. I would be interested to know if most or all these shark victims are surfers or swimmers or both. Maybe more research into the anti shark wet suits. Two types pictured may be the answer. One is supposedly invisible to sharks – so "if I can't see it then it can't be food". The other is very visual so "I can see it but It doesn't look like food so don't bite it".
I think that’s the idea anyway.