You can help stop the next ‘cull’ of WA’s sharks
The situation in WA
Sharks are extremely important to the health of our oceans and maintaining the balance in marine ecosystems. In WA, the government is currently pushing for a three-year shark baiting and killing trial. Earlier this year, the policy was enacted after a spate of fatal shark attacks in WA, attributed mostly to great whites, and a three-month trial period was conducted.
“Despite a startling lack of supportive scientific evidence, the WA government is pushing ahead with its plans for a three-year shark baiting and killing trial.” – Animals Australia
The WA government has applied for Commonwealth approval to set up 72 baited drum lines off metropolitan and South West beaches between November and April until 2017. Documents released by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) have revealed that if the catch-and-kill policy gets the green light, they expect to bait almost 1,000 sharks over the next three years.
Between January and April this year, 173 sharks faced similar cruelty as a result of the WA government’s trial shark cull, introduced as a ‘public safety’ measure. Almost all of the animals caught were tiger sharks — 61 of them died ‘on the line’ or were killed — even though no human fatalities implicating a tiger shark have been reported in the region for more than 80 years.
Before this year’s trial started, 102 scientists signed an open letter to the Barnett government arguing against the use of drum lines.
“Due to the environmental impacts of shark control activities, it is not recommended that either shark nets of [sic] drum-lines be introduced into Western Australia.”
– Associate Professor Daryl McPhee, Bond University
Alternatives to shark culls
A group of scientific experts has advocated a non-lethal method — simply towing large sharks out to sea and letting them go. A successful trial of this strategy in Brazil reportedly reduced shark incidents by 97%.
More and improved community engagement and education has also been suggested as an effective and humane solution.
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Sign the petition to save the sharks
Sign the petition and urge the WA Government to rethink its plans to continue to bait and kill sharks: