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Remove Shark Nets and Drumlines      

Marine Conservation

Remove Shark Nets and Drumlines

Sharks and shark control programs continue to make headlines, due to the ongoing statistics revealing a high number of marine animals killed in shark control nets in place in New South Wales and Queensland. In Australia, shark control programs are in place in the states of New South Wales and Queensland, and the new WA Minister for Fisheries has opted for a sensible non-lethal approach to mitigating the risk of shark attack.

The killing of sharks to protect humans is not a new issue, and it is one that HSI has long campaigned against, and will continue to do so.

Why is HSI opposed to shark control programs?

HSI believes that shark nets and drumlines are an outdated and ineffective method of protection for swimmers. We are opposed to these programs not only due to the significant impacts they have on the broader marine environment, but also due to the fact that they do not decrease the risk of shark bites or fatalities to people. In NSW, 65% of shark incidents happen at netted beaches. HSI supports the removal of nets and drumlines, replaced with practical measures to avoid interactions with sharks, such as investment in aerial surveillance technologies like drones and shark spotting devices and avoiding swimming at dusk and dawn, as promoted by both the State and Federal Government Ministers.

What are the target species for shark control programs?

The target species for shark control programs are the great white shark, tiger shark and bull sharks. The great white shark is a threatened species. 

What impacts do the nets and drumlines have on marine life?

Shark control nets and drum lines are stripping our oceans of its marine wildlife. The marine animals that are regularly caught and killed in nets include:

- Critically endangered greynurse sharks, hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks and threatened great white sharks

- Turtles, including threatened loggerheads, hawksbill and green turtles

- Dugongs

- Dolphins

- Rays 

- Whales

The animals that are regularly killed by drum lines include:

- White sharks, tiger sharks and bull sharks

- Turtles, including threatened loggerheads, hawksbill and green turtles

What is HSI doing?

HSI continues to actively work to remove shark nets and drumlines through our campaigning and advocacy efforts, ensuring that this issue remains in the media and in the minds of politicians. We frequently meet with federal and state politicians to let them know our concerns about shark control programs. Recently, HSI submitted a scientific nomination for the NSW and Queensland Shark Control Programs to be listed as a Key Threatening Process under the Federal EPBC Act. 

In 2003, thanks to a nomination by HSI, beach meshing (shark control nets) were listed as a Key Threatening Process (KTP) under the both the NSW Fisheries Management Act and the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act due to the threat posed to the critically endangered grey nurse shark, marine turtles, humpback whales and other wildlife. The NSW Government is now required to develop a Threat Abatement Plan which could phase out the nets and investigate humane and less ecologically damaging alternatives. It is incredible that the NSW Government still operates the program despite the recognition in law that it threatens the survival of protected species.

What can you do?

CURRENT ACTION ALERTS

Write or email NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg by clicking the take action link below, to urge them to remove all shark net programs currently installed across Australia. 

ACTION ALERT - HELP SAVE TURTLES, DOLPHINS & SHARKS

January 19th 2017 take action 

Latest News 2017 

 

DEATH OF NEWBORN CALF A WAKE UP CALL TO REMOVE LETHAL SHARK NETS 

17th July 2017 click here

HUMANE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL SAYS IT'S TIME TO DITCH SHARK NETS 

04th July 2017 click here

HSI CALLS FOR END OF NSW NORTH COAST SHARK NET TRIAL AFTER DEADLY RESULTS REVEALED 

9th May 2017 click here

HSI PURSUING LEGAL ACTION AGAINST SHARK CONTROL PROGRAM IN GREAT BARRIER REEF 

26th April 2017 click here

HSI SLAMS MINISTER'S UNPRECEDENTED CALL TO CULL TWO PROTECTED SPECIES IN AS MANY DAYS 

21th April 2017 click here

HSI CONDEMNS APPROVAL FOR SHARK CONTROL PROGRAM IN GREAT BARRIER REEF

31st March 2017 click here

SIR RICHARD BRANSON ADDS VOICE TO CALL FOR REMOVAL OF SHARK NETS

17th March 2017 click here

SHARK NETS IMPERIL ENDANGERED MARINE LIFE  

17th January 2017 click here

2016  

 

FIRST SHARK NETS TO BE INSTALLED TOMORROW 

17th November 2016 click here

NSW SHARK NET LEGISLATION A STEP BACKWARDS

9th November 2016 click here

SMART DRUMLINES APPROVED DESPITE NO UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR IMPACT

20th October 2016 click here

SHARK CULLS SHOULD BE CONFINED TO HISTORY

29th September 2016 click here

SHARK NETS AND CULLS ARE NOT THE ANSWER

28th September 2016 click here

WA GOVERNMENT NOW ENGAGED IN SHARK REVENGE KILLINGS

6th June 2016 click here

HSI CONDEMNS WA GOVERNMENT FOR ACTIONS AFTER SHARK BITE

1st June 2016 click here

AUSTRALIA COULD END ITS INVOLVEMENT IN THE INTERNATIONAL SHARK FIN TRADE WITH ONE SIMPLE AMENDMENT

5 April 2016 click here

DEATH OF LARGEST TIGER SHARK IS A DISGRACE

5 February 2016 click here

ABC 4CORNERS CONFIRMS WHAT SCIENTISTS ALREADY KNEW - KILLING SHARKS DOES NOT MAKE BEACH-GOERS ANY SAFER

12 February 2016 click here

AUSTRALIA CONTINUES TO PURSUE LOW-HANGING FRUIT IN INTERNATIONAL SHARK CONSERVATION

17 February 2016 click here

2015 

 

SHARK DRUMLINES IN WORLD HERITAGE GREAT BARRIER REEF MAY INCREASE BY A THIRD: THE COMMONWEALTH MUST INTERVENE

21 December 2015 click here

SHARK SMEAR CAMPAIGN ENCOURAGING BAD BEHAVIOUR

15 December 2015 Click here

CONSERVATION GROUPS WELCOME NSW SHARK SUMMIT AND CALL FOR REMOVAL OF SHARK NETS

September 29 2015 click here 

SHARK INCIDENT AT SHELLY BEACH SHOWS SHARK NETS ARE NOT THE ANSWER

8 September 2015 click here

HSI CALLS FOR LEGAL PROTECTION FOR TIGER SHARKS AND SEEKS LEGAL ADVICE SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT CONSIDER KILLING GREAT WHITES

13th August 2015 click here

DECISION NOT TO REVIEW WA'S SHARK POLICY NEGLECTS OUR GREAT WHITES

2nd April 2015 click here 

HSI CALLS ON 28 NATIONS TO HOLD AUSTRALIA TO ACCOUNT ON SHARK TREATMENT

9th July, 2015 click here 

WHY WE NEED TO STOP THE SHARK NETS KILLING RECORD NUMBERS OF CRITICALLY ENDANGERED SPECIES

6th July, 2015 click here

HSI CALLS FOR FIRST ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OF SHARK MESHING AFTER GREY NURSE SHARK DEATHS

3 July 2015 click here

2014

WA REVIVES ATTEMPTS TO KILL SHARKS THIS SEASON

22 December 2014 click here 

wa government backs-off renewed shark killing program

24th October 2014 click here 

wa shark kill only scratching the surface

23rd July 2014 Read Director Michael Kennedy's latest opinion piece about sharks click here 

shark control programs a serious threat to critically endangered grey nurse sharks

29th August 2014 click here 

sharks are now at the total mercy of the wa government

8th May 2014 click here

shark cull catch data demonstrates need for federal assessment 

7th May 2014 click here

foi application exposes holes in wa shark cull policy

30th April 2014 click here

japanese whalers say no to the shark cull

4th April 2014 click here

How Do Political Parties Score On The Wa Shark Cull?

28th March, 2014 click here

Over 100 Sharks Killed As Hsi Slams Wa Epa Shark Decision

12th March 2014 click here

It's Time To End Politically Fueled Shark Killing

18th February 2014  click here

Protected Mako Sharks Killed, Chopped Up, And Used As Bait In Wa

13th February 2014  click here

Hsi Files Formal International Complaint On Australia's Failure To Protect The Great White Shark - While Commonwealth Seeks A Further Exemption

12th February 2014 click here 

Barnett Needs To Listen To The Community And End The Shark Cull

3rd February 2014 click here

Exemption Of Wa Shark Program A Complete Disgrace

21st January 2014 click here

Wa Seeks To Shirk Great White Shark Protections Laws

20th January 2014 click here

Fishers Show Their True Shark Hunting Bias

15th January 2014 click here

Dolphin Dies In Newport Beach Shark Net

10th January 2014 click here

Time For The Commonwealth To Step In On Wa Shark Policy

6th January 2014 click here

2013

Hsi Urges Commonwealth To Step In On Wa Shark Policy

16th December 2013 click here

Hsi Condemns Wa Shark Policy

11 December 2013 click here

We Need To Remove Shark Nets Now Abc Environment Opinion Piece

October 29th 2013 click here

Hsi Urges Removal Of Shark Nets After Another Whale Is Caught In Queensland's Shark Nets

October 29th 2013 click here

Wa Shark Kill Must Be Called Off

October 9th 2013 click here

Time To Remove Shark Nets To Protect Our Marine Wildlife

October 2nd 2013 click here

2012

Shark Attacks And Sheep Ships: A Curious Correlation

Radio Interview - A Question Of Balance 
August 28 2012 click here

A Call For Restraint - Great White Sharks Need To Be Protected

International Lifestyle Magazine Issue 41  download PDF (472.5 Kb)

Great White Shark And Live Export Vessels

July 24th 2012  click here

Hsi Identifies A Possible Connection Between Shark Attacks And Live Export Vessels

July 18th, 2012  click here

Wa Shark Attacks Could Be Due To Live Sheep Exports - Sbs Am Program

July 18th, 2012   click here

Shark Cull Wanted To End Shark Attacks - Sky News

July 16th, 2012   Video Link

Debate Rages Over Great White - Sbs World News

July 16th, 2012   Video Link

Wa Shark Cull Must Be Called Off

July 16th, 2012 click here


HSI's Campaign to get shark control nets removed is part of our broader work on shark conservation, for more information click here

To View Our Policy Recommendations To The Australian Government, download our Shark Conservation Policy, click here.





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