HSI CONDEMNS WA GOVERNMENT FOR ACTIONS AFTER SHARK BITE
Humane Society International (HSI) is today urging the WA Government to retract the order issued by the Director General of the Department of Fisheries to hunt down and kill a white shark, which may have been responsible for a shark bite incident at Falcon beach yesterday. HSI understands that four drumlines to capture the shark were deployed at Falcons Beach at 9am Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) today. The drumlines were installed over 18 hours after the incident occurred, with a white shark capable of travelling over 120kms in this time.
"HSI's thoughts are with the surfer who was injured as a result of the shark bite. However, the current plan to kill a shark located in the area provides no greater protection for other ocean users and would only result in the death of a threatened species,” said Jessica Morris HSI's Marine Scientist. "Efforts should instead be put towards assisting with further education of the public on the rare nature of shark bites and how best to minimise this risk even further.”
The presence of sharks off our coast is a natural occurrence, and they are vital in maintaining healthy marine ecosystems. White sharks are listed as Vulnerable under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act).
"We have seen from earlier attempts to institute a shark cull by the WA Government, that the public does not want to see our marine life captured and killed. Importantly, the majority of people and families that have been personally affected by shark bites do not want harm to come to these animals. Whilst the incident yesterday was very unfortunate and extremely rare, killing the shark responsible is unlikely and of no real benefit and therefore the drumlines should be removed immediately,” Ms Morris concluded.