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Shark Culling in Australia: Write in to stop this useless act!


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#1 Drew

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 06:21 AM

As we've seen and heard, there've been a string of shark incidents in Western Australia. The WA government is now going ahead with an order to cull all coastal sharks "suspected" of being the shark that attacked the diver last week. That knee jerk reaction is not only ineffective as a preventative measure but also is against Australia's and CITES regulations on the Great White Sharks being a protected animal.

Please help by spreading the word and telling the Western Australian government that it is the wrong thing to do. Let them know that your tourist dollar (or if you are local, your vote!) depends on how they choose to react to this tragedy. These measures are only because they are afraid of public and local business outcry about the "unsafe" beaches. It is illogical and flawed.

Contact Hon Colin Barnett, Premier and Minister for State Development
wa-government@dpc.wa.gov.au

Contact Hon Norman Moore, Minister of Fisheries
Minister.Moore@dpc.wa.gov.au

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#2 errbrr

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 06:00 PM

Done.

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 07:02 PM

Can also sign this online petition. Stop WA shark cull
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Posted 25 October 2011 - 05:58 PM

As we've seen and heard, there've been a string of shark incidents in Western Australia. The WA government is now going ahead with an order to cull all coastal sharks "suspected" of being the shark that attacked the diver last week. That knee jerk reaction is not only ineffective as a preventative measure but also is against Australia's and CITES regulations on the Great White Sharks being a protected animal.

Please help by spreading the word and telling the Western Australian government that it is the wrong thing to do. Let them know that your tourist dollar (or if you are local, your vote!) depends on how they choose to react to this tragedy. These measures are only because they are afraid of public and local business outcry about the "unsafe" beaches. It is illogical and flawed.

Contact Hon Colin Barnett, Premier and Minister for State Development
wa-government@dpc.wa.gov.au

Contact Hon Norman Moore, Minister of Fisheries
Minister.Moore@dpc.wa.gov.au


Done and Done. Thanks Drew for the links!

Here's what I wrote:


Dear Sir or Madam,

Please do not kill the white sharks in coastal areas. Far better to educate the public that certain simple precautions can prevent shark attacks.


Best regards,
Scott Linge

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 06:28 PM

Done, I think the WA government will be stunned by how many people are responding to their silly decision to hunt the KILLER SHARK lol
Lets hunt that KILLER BEE that killed that kid that other day while we are at it. lol
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Posted 16 November 2011 - 05:32 PM

I got a nice email reply from the ministry. Looks like they will not kill the sharks unless extreme circumstances warrant:

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Our ref: 26-11303

sglinge@yahoo.com

Dear Mr Linge

Thank you for your email to the Minister for Fisheries regarding the recent shark incidents at Western Australian beaches. The Minister has requested that I respond to you directly.

Western Australia’s Shark Incident Emergency Response Plan was developed to reduce the risk of shark attacks at State beaches. It is managed by the Department of Fisheries and involves several Government agencies, local councils and community groups, including Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA). The plan not only involves education and awareness activities to offer safety tips for beach users, but also provides a mechanism to pass on early warnings to clear people from the water and close beaches in the event of sightings or other confirmation of shark activity.

Some of the strategies to mitigate the risk of shark attacks in WA include the use of life savers watching from beaches, on the water and in the air, Police and Fisheries and Marine Officers ready to respond to emergencies and Fisheries researchers working to better understand sharks’ movements.

Following the recent fatalities in WA, the shark hazard strategies were reviewed and several further strategies have now been announced, including funding to support four related research projects. One project will explore correlations between shark sightings and attacks with weather conditions, locations, water temperature and the presence of marine mammals. The existing shark tagging and monitoring program will be extended for another two years and another project will look at the impact of fisheries management on shark numbers. A study of the effectiveness of beach netting will also be undertaken.

SLSWA helicopter patrols and beach services will be extended along Perth beaches, to Rottnest Island and to the South West of the State during the summer months. A community engagement strategy and media campaign is being developed and implemented to provide information about avoiding shark hazards.

New licensing requirements are being introduced to manage shark cage diving tours. There are currently no such tours operating in WA and any future proposals would need to be carefully considered and regulated. There will also be broader prohibition and higher penalties for fishers who dispose of offal and blood at popular beaches.

A Shark Response Unit is also being established, with capabilities to tag sharks and assess technologies like shark repellent devices and community alert systems.

Other strategies including the culling of white sharks and the relocation or culling of seal populations were not considered appropriate and will not be adopted.



The white shark is a protected species, therefore protocols are in place which allow for a shark to be destroyed only when human life is in imminent danger. These protocols are backed by the measures outlined above, that are designed to minimise the risk posed by sharks.

In the event of persons being in imminent danger of shark attack, or if a shark remained in an area for a lengthy period, the Department of Fisheries has the option to “take” the shark, but would only do so under extreme circumstances. The main aim is to remove people from harm’s way, get them out of the water and to wait for the shark to move on. No white sharks have been ‘taken’ to date.

Where a white shark is considered to be a threat to the public, attempts are made to mitigate the threat without causing harm to the shark and a decision to destroy a shark is only considered if the threat remains imminent.

Thank you for your interest in this matter, I trust this information has been useful. Further information is available online at www.fish.wa.gov.au/shark.

Yours sincerely


Barbara Sheridan

on behalf of

Stuart Smith
Director General

16 November 2011

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 06:42 PM

Thanks for sharing the email. :)

http://www.theaustra...6-1226196063425

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 08:48 PM

Shark net anyone?? http://www.inmycommu...agenda/7608042/
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