It’s official, Western Australia has announced a Great White Shark cull. After six fatal shark attacks in two years, Western Australia has implemented a new strategy to reduce fatal shark attacks…by setting drum lines to catch large sharks within one kilometer of the shore, and by creating killing area zones along popular beaches in Perth and the south-west where sharks will be considered an imminent threat and killed. Really!?
Fisheries Minister, Troy Buswell, said that commercial fishers will be hired to catch and kill sharks larger than three meters which enter the killing zones, although he still claims that it is not a culling policy. The latest death occurred when surfer, Chris Boyd, was attacked in Gracetown in the south-west last month, after which the decision was made to set up drum lines along the coast. Premier, Collin Barnett believes that these new measures will improve the public safety…although, without any regard to the Great White Sharks, a supposed protected species. A small, but passionate group, of protestors showed up at Parliament to protest against a tougher policy on sharks. Hopefully the Western Australian government will listen to what they have to say and put an end to the Great White Shark cull order.
Not too long ago, African Shark Eco-Charters wrote a post about how culling Great White Sharks is not the answer. Sharks have been living in the world’s oceans for millions of years before us, and we are intruding into their habitat every time we enter the ocean. Entering the ocean should be done at our own risk and there are numerous safety tips to practice that can reduce our chances of being attacked. By culling the Great White Sharks, it will create a knock-on effect that will seriously jeopardize the balance of our oceans.
Join African Shark Eco-Charters on an educational Great White Shark cage diving and breaching trip and let us show you these beautiful creatures in their natural environment. Conservation starts with education and our aim is to change your perception of these incredible animals in an effort to help save this species.
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