Yesterday (27-9-12) the West Australian state premier Colin Barnett and WA Fisheries Minister Norman Moore announced new shark mitigation policy which will see any Great White Shark within 1km of the metropolitan or SW coastline destroyed before it can attack beach patrons.
They also plan on utilising ecologically destructive long and drumline fishing methods across a vast area of SW coast line. These fishing methods do not discriminate. They kill everything.
It is important to note that the average number of shark attacks per year in Australia is 5 and in Western Australia 0.96. The likelyhood of being attacked by any shark is extreemely low.
West Australians for Shark Conservation considers this irresponsible management of an IUCN red listed, vulnerable,protected species.
This new,negligent policy,combined with the global illegal shark finning and fishing crisis threatens the existence of one of the oceans most important keystone species.
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West Australians for Shark Conservation.