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WA to use shark 'hit squads'

Posted by: Paul Entwistle | 27 September, 2012 - 11:39 AM
WA's new shark control program

A network of specialised shark hunters will be employed to hunt and destroy sharks this summer that are deemed to be a threat to Perth's beach-goers as part of a $6.8 million shark mitigation program. Paul Murray spoke to the Minister for Fisheries, Norman Moore, about the package.

 

The new measures include:

  • $2million for a new service to allow the Department of Fisheries to track, catch and, if necessary, destroy sharks identified in close proximity to beachgoers, including setting drum lines if a danger is posed
  • $200,000 for a feasibility study and trial of a shark enclosure in conjunction with local government
  • $2million to continue shark tagging programs, including the use of real-time GPS tracking systems
  • $2million over four years for an applied research fund, overseen by the Chief Scientist
  • $500,000 for Surf Lifesaving WA to purchase jet skis to bolster beach safety
  • $150,000 for additional community awareness programs, including a smartphone app.

 

 

A photo taken in Cockburn Sound of a shark, thought to be White Pointer, feeding within meters of recreational fishermen.

 

A photo taken in Cockburn Sound of a shark, thought to be White Pointer, feeding within meters of recreational fishermen. Click below to listen to Steve who was there when the photograph was taken.

 

Blog comments Your Say

  • leave them alone. It's a risk we all take when swimming in our great oceans.
    It's very sad that humans die and are injured from these creatures, but never the less it should be no reason to interfeer with with the balance of nature.

    Alex Saturday 6 October, 2012 - 10:18 PM

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