WA to use shark 'hit squads'

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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.

 

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