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‘Drum lines a success’

Data released today showing the number and types of sharks caught in the first 3 weeks of the shark mitigation plan has been labelled a success by the government. View the stats and leave your opinion on the effectiveness of the policy.

 

Shark Drum Line Deployment Western Australia: 25 January-16 February 2014

METRO – commenced 31 January

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

SPECIES OF SHARK

SIZE

SEX

ACTION TAKEN

31-01-2014

11:00

North Cottesloe

Tiger

1.8m

F

Alive/Released

31-01-2014

11:25

Cottesloe

Tiger

2.6m

F

Alive/Released

01-02-2014

06:45

Leighton

Tiger

2.6m

F

Dead

01-02-2014

10:30

Scarborough

Tiger

2.34m

F

Alive/Released

04-02-2014

06:35

North Cottesloe

Tiger

1.73m

F

Alive/Released

04-02-2014

12:35

Mullaloo

Tiger

2.51m

F

Alive/Released

04-02-2014

16:49

City Beach

Tiger

2.91m

F

Alive/Released

05-02-2014

06:30

Leighton

Tiger

2.0m

F

Dead

05-02-2014

07:30

Scarborough

Tiger

2.3m

F

Alive/Released

07-02-2014

07:07

Scarborough

Tiger

Approx. 2.0m

Undetermined

Dead

07-02-2014

14:51

Floreat

Tiger

2.37m

F

Alive/Released

08-02-2014

06:23

City Beach

Tiger

2.2m

F

Alive/Released

08-02-2014

07:39

Mullaloo

Tiger

2.5m

Undetermined

Alive/Released

08-02-2014

07:53

Mullaloo

Tiger

2.2m

Undetermined

Dead

08-02-2014

12:55

Leighton

Tiger

1.93m

M

Alive/Released

08-02-2014

16:26

Port Beach

Tiger

2.16m

F

Alive/Released

10-02-2014

06:13

Leighton Beach

Tiger

2.8m

F

Alive/Released

10-02-2014

06:38

Leighton Beach

Tiger

2.5m

F

Alive/Released

10-02-2014

07:30

City Beach

Tiger

2.7m

F

Alive/Released

10-02-2014

07:41

City Beach

Tiger

2.8m

M

Alive/Released

10-02-2014

15:16

Mullaloo

Tiger

2.79m

F

Alive/Released

11-02-2014

06:30

Leighton Beach

Tiger

3.73m

F

Alive/Destroyed

11-02-2014

14:06

Scarborough

Tiger

3.7m

F

Alive/Destroyed

12-02-2014

06:13

Leighton Beach

Tiger

3.5m

F

Alive/Destroyed

13-02-2014

06:37

Leighton Beach

Tiger

2.12m

F

Alive/Released

13-02-2014

07:36

Floreat

Tiger

2.36m

F

Alive/Released

13-02-2014

08:03

Floreat

Tiger

2.36m

M

Alive/Released

13-02-2014

09:07

Mullaloo

Tiger

2.2m

M

Alive/Released

13-02-2014

09:30

Mullaloo

Tiger

3.47m

M

Alive/Destroyed

13-02-2014

16:30

Floreat

Tiger

Approx. 2.8m

F

Alive/Released

14-02-2014

06:45

Leighton Beach

Tiger

2.4m

F

Alive/Released

14-02-2014

07:32

North Cottesloe

Tiger

2.33m

F

Alive/Released

14-02-2014

07:56

Floreat

Tiger

Unknown

F

Alive/Self-Released

14-02-2014

09:38

North Cottesloe

Tiger

1.82m

F

Alive/Released

14-02-2014

14:26

Trigg

Tiger

2.85m

M

Dead

14-02-2014

16:13

Scarborough

Tiger

2.31m

F

Alive/Released

14-02-2014

16:46

Floreat

Tiger

2.2m

F

Alive/Released

14-02-2014

17:04

Floreat

Tiger

2.25m

F

Alive/Released

14-02-2014

17:20

Floreat

Tiger

1.53m

F

Alive/Released

15-02-2014

06:11

Leighton

Tiger

1.55m

M

Alive/Released

15-02-2014

07:00

Floreat

Tiger

2.5m

M

Alive/Released

15-02-2014

07:35

Scarborough

Tiger

2.8m

M

Alive/Released

16-02-2014

06:45

Floreat

Tiger

2.4m

F

Alive/Released

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOUTH WEST – commenced 25 January

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

SPECIES OF SHARK

SIZE

SEX

STATUS

26-01-2014

08:30

Meelup Beach

Tiger

3.3m

F

Alive/Destroyed

29-01-2014

11:30

Rocky Point

Mako

2.0m

M

Dead

01-02-2014

07.15

Eagle Bay

Mako

1.7m

Undetermined

Dead

01-02-2014

11:30

Eagle Bay

Tiger

3.5m

F

Alive/Destroyed

01-02-2014

17:15

Rocky Point

Tiger

3.2m

F

Alive/Destroyed

02-02-2014

06:30

Old Dunsborough

Tiger

2.7m

F

Alive/Released

02-02-2014

07:45

Castle Rock

Tiger

3.5m

F

Alive/Destroyed

03-02-2014

07:15

Castle Rock

Tiger

3.0m

M

Alive/Destroyed

03-02-2014

14:00

Castle Rock

Tiger

3.0m

M

Alive/Destroyed

04-02-2014

07:00

Castle Rock

Tiger

3.1m

M

Alive/Destroyed

05-02-2014

06:30

Old Dunsborough

Tiger

2.5m

F

Alive/Released

05-02-2014

07:45

Old Dunsborough

Tiger

3.0m

M

Alive/Destroyed

05-02-2014

11:15

Castle Rock

Tiger

2.3m

F

Alive/Released

06-02-2014

11:45

Cape Naturaliste

Blacktip

1.8m

F

Alive/Released

06-02-2014

17:10

Old Dunsborough

Tiger

2.1m

F

Alive/Released

07-02-2014

07:00

Castle Rock

Tiger

3.3m

M

Alive/Destroyed

07-02-2014

09:30

Rocky Point

Tiger

Approx. 3.0m

M

Dead

07-02-2014

17:30

Old Dunsborough

Tiger

3.3m

M

Alive/Destroyed

08-02-2014

06:30

Castle Rock

Tiger

2.75m

F

Dead

08-02-2014

08:02

Eagle Bay

Tiger

2.75m

F

Dead

09-02-2014

07:00

Castle Rock

Tiger

2.5m

M

Alive/Released

11-02-2014

08:30

Rocky Point

Tiger

3.1m

F

Alive/Destroyed

11-02-2014

09:20

Bunker Bay

Tiger

4.1m

F

Alive/Destroyed

 

 

 

Government Media Release

Government releases shark catch data

 

  • Comprehensive catch data released for metro, South-West drum lines
  • Fisheries and contract crews report high success rate in disposing of large sharks and releasing sharks under three metres
  • Onboard operations and equipment modified to improve shark handling, tagging and vessel movements
  • No by-catch of other fish species or marine mammals

 

The State Government has released details of the first three weeks of its new drum line initiative, part of a $23million shark hazard mitigation program.

 

The South-West contractor (who commenced January 25) has caught 23 sharks in total, disposing of 13 tiger sharks over three metres in length, and successfully releasing six smaller sharks.

 

Since February 1, Department of Fisheries crews operating at the five metropolitan beach sites have caught 43 sharks.  Four tiger sharks have been disposed of, 34 have been released.  Some 28 of these sharks have been tagged with ID tags to assist with research and shark tracking.

 

In total, 49 sharks were under three metres in length, nine were dead and 40 were released alive. These figures are current as at 6pm, Sunday, February 16.

 

Fisheries Minister Ken Baston said today the early results showed the methods used by the crews were working well.

 

“We have caught and destroyed a number of large sharks within one kilometre of selected beaches, at a time of year when our beaches are crowded.  This catch data proves there are a large number of big sharks near these beaches,” Mr Baston said.

 

Both the South-West contractor and the Fisheries crews have been able to successfully release the vast majority (82 per cent) of any sharks under three metres, with no by-catch of other marine species.

 

“We believe the hook and bait systems we are using are successfully targeting larger sharks and not other fish species, and I commend the crews who have been diligent in releasing as many caught sharks as possible,” the Minister said.

 

The Fisheries vessel used in metropolitan waters has been modified with a specially constructed ramp and sea water circulation system to ensure sharks smaller than three metres survived.

 

“The crews try to support the shark while it is being measured, tag it where possible and release the shark out at sea if time allows,” Mr Baston said.

 

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