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Magnificent Maligned Misunderstood

Magnificent. Maligned. Misunderstood.

You and I know that sharks are less likely to kill us than a bee.

Yet, despite the logic, the evidence and huge community outcry, the Government of Western Australia has applied to continue its shark cull for a further three years.

It’s wasteful, hysterical and too heavy a price for our oceans. Please speak out, because if we don’t, who will? 

The WA Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is now conducting a Public Environmental Review to examine the impacts three more years of culling will have.

This is a crucial chance to have our say.

We need to tell the EPA they need to reject the shark cull as environmentally unacceptable.

And please tell them why. Some dot points to assist you:

  • A proposal that aims to kill great white sharks, a species listed as protected under national environmental law, should be rejected outright
  • One of the objectives of the WA EPA is to maintain the ‘geographic distribution’ of fauna, but this is at odds with the objective of the proposal, which is to kill ‘local’ great white, tiger and bull sharks
  • Sharks are migratory animals. Attempting to reduce ‘local’ numbers ignores their natural behaviour of swimming between different areas of the coastline
  • 68 sharks have been killed yet no measurable public safety outcomes have been achieved
  • The shark cull policy amounts to an intentional mass cull of a number of different shark species. This threatens some of our most vulnerable marine wildlife
  • Sharks are apex predators. They are a vital part of our oceans that keep the natural balance to ensure we have healthy seas
  • The cull targets reproductively important sharks. For species threatened with extinction, this will likely have a significant impact on population numbers now and in the future
  • The drumline hooks are reportedly designed to only catch large sharks however a large number of small sharks have been caught and killed

Four protected mako sharks have been killed needlessly, along with the capture of 163 tiger sharks and seven stingrays

Click here to make a submission to the EPA.

Australian Marine Conservation Society

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