Surf Life Saving WA identified several sharks spotted daily
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 December, 2013 - At least 15 sharks would have been deemed an imminent threat needing to be killed under the Barnett Government's new shark policies aimed at safeguarding ocean users.
An analysis of shark sightings catalogued by Surf Life Saving WA shows that several sharks spotted almost daily this week may have triggered expanded catch-and-kill provisions.
Under the Government's new "shark hazard mitigation" policy, two specially monitored zones will be declared off the metropolitan and South West coastlines between September and April.
The areas will extend to the edge of State waters three nautical miles offshore and will see "arrays" of drum lines - floating baited hooks anchored to the ocean floor - set up 1km from the shoreline.
"These are significant changes to our previous policy," Mr Buswell said.
Australian shark-cull plan draws scientists' ire by Nature.com
Western Australia’s plan to start culling sharks in a “more aggressive” attempt to prevent attacks on humans could severely damage populations of threatened great whites, experts say. It is also based on an antiquated approach to the problem, shark researchers say, and seems to contradict the scientific advice given to the region’s government just last year.
“My immediate reaction is disgust”, says George Burgess, a noted shark researcher at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. “This is an archaic response to this kind of a problem, and one most scientists thought had seen its day decades ago.”
The total number of shark attacks is extremely low. One 2011 study found an average of 1.1 fatalities per year in Australia over the past 20 years.