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22 October 2013 - HSI expresses alarm at whale caught in shark nets off Mona Vale Sydney      

HSI expresses alarm at whale caught in shark nets off Mona Vale Sydney

22 October, 2013                        

Humane Society International (HSI) is extremely alarmed at reports that there is a whale caught in the shark nets off Mona Vale Beach in Sydney NSW this morning.

For many years HSI has been seeking the removal of shark nets due to what we consider to be the unnecessary impacts these nets have on marine life, and this morning’s entanglement of a whale is exactly what we hoped wouldn’t happen” said HSI’s Senior Program Manager Alexia Wellbelove.

Targeted shark control programs provide no real protection for humans, but are indiscriminate killers of our marine life” continued Ms Wellbelove. “Shark nets and drumlines set in the waters off the East Coast of Australia may have been put in place to protect ocean users, but the reality is they cause far more harm to our marine life, whilst providing very little additional benefit to protect us from the tragic but rare event of shark encounters.”

HSI believes that shark control programs are an out-dated and ineffective method of protecting the population, and that instead State Governments would be better investing in alternate strategies as well as further increasing capacity to educate ocean users of the risks of shark encounters.

Ms Wellbelove continued, “HSI is calling for urgent action to be taken to free the whale this morning, and is calling on Governments to remove shark nets once and for all.”

These nets are indiscriminate killers of our marine life, including dugongs, turtles, the great white shark and other harmless sharks such as the critically endangered grey nurse shark.

New South Wales law has recognised shark netting as a “key threatening process” since 2003, following a scientific submission to Government by HSI.

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