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Do you support the Western Australian Government in it's decision to cull sharks near WA beaches?

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Started: 12/13/2013 Category: News
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ghaysed

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The Western Australian Government has announced a $6.85 million package of what it refers to as "shark mitigation strategies". $2 million will be allocated for the Department of Fisheries to track and destroy the sharks, while another $2 million will be spent specifically tracking great whites and setting drum lines to kill them if they come too close to shore.

The great white is a well known threatened species and this plan completely goes against the federal government's White Shark Recovery Plan, which recognizes that the great white shark is fully protected in both Commonwealth and WA waters. Needlessly removing sharks from our oceans would affect the delicate balance of the marine ecosystem, which could be ecologically and economically devastating. The ocean is the shark's natural habitat and humans are not naturally aquatic mammals. This scheme would not create a long term solution to shark fatalities and tax payer's money would be better put towards increased helicopter patrols, more research and better public education about avoiding shark hazards.
badgrammar

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Over a hundred year period there were 12 shark fatalities in Western Australia. Over the last 12 months there have been five. The sudden increase in shark attacks in Western Australian has force the Government to act.

The simplest and most immediate action is to cull sharks that are close to shore and track and kill problem sharks. This should be considered a surgical strike against sharks that may interact with humans. It is not a massacre.

Great White Sharks numbers had 14 years to recover since being declared as a Vulnerable in 1999. The limited killing in WA will affect the ecosystem but it will not be ecologically and economically devastating. In 1999 when the sharks where declared Vulnerable the marine ecosystem was not on the edge of collapse.

Helicopter patrols and public education are secondary solutions surfs are still surfing at Gracetown that has had 3 shark attacks in 10 years. If my memory is correct there is a memorial to two of them on the way to the beach and they still surf. We cannot make it any more explicit then that. For a small remote region like Gracetown helicopters are a very expensive solution for the tax payer.

Long-term only research may find a more cost affective way of maintaining public safety. With out the need to cull Great White Sharks

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Posted by daproben 3 years ago
daproben
They should destroy the sharks and make shark fin soup instead of wasting good meat! Yum!
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