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. Click below to listen to Steve who was there when the photograph was taken.