Victory for Australia’s Sharks!
EPA Shuts Down Shark Cull Program; Agrees Shark Cull is Environmentally Unacceptable
Drum lines will not be deployed off Western Australia (WA) beaches this summer after the state’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) advised against extending the government’s controversial catch-and-kill shark policy.
The regulator’s chairman, Paul Vogel said the available information and evidence do not provide the organization with a high level of confidence.
Premier Colin Barnett said the recommendation meant that drum lines would not be in place off the WA coast this summer.
Sea Shepherd Australia’s WA Shark Campaigner, Natalie Banks stated, “This is a tremendous victory for the people that understand the vital and important role sharks play in the health of our oceans. Finally their voices have been heard all over the globe.”
The WA shark cull caught a total of 172 sharks over the three-month trial, with the majority of these being tiger sharks. 50 tiger sharks of breeding size (mostly female) were shot and dumped out to sea. Tiger sharks only reproduce every few years and only a small number of their pups survive to maturity. The majority of the so-called “alive-released” sharks were in such a poor state that their chances of survival were slim to none. The WA Government had applied for a three-year extension of the cull.
Sea Shepherd Australia is now urging the Honorable Greg Hunt, Federal Environment Minister, to listen to the public and to listen to the science and put forth shark mitigation strategies that protect human safety without killing marine life. source
guys this is such amazing news! it’s terrible that so many innocent and ecologically important lives were lost in the very barbaric and pointless cull but the fact that it won’t continue at this point, is beyond amazing.
Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority has recommended that the state’s controversial shark culling program be put to an end, in light of
We are negligent and we are killing our world.
Powerful images — our actions can (and do) affect something as big as an ocean.
my heart is breaking
Paul de Gelder, a shark attack survivor who lost an arm and leg in a shark encounter.
This was his response when he was asked about shark attack prevention.
HUGGERS… meet the Shy Shark! THIS IS A THING! THIS IS REALLY A THING….!
450 millions years of evolution and 'if i can't see it, it can't hurt me' is the best they could come up with! WAY too adorable!
You know, there are so many other jawsome sharks out there - shark week shouldn’t just focus on the white shark. I love a good breach as much as the next shark lover, but these guys are too cute! <3
With my love and passion for sharks as big as it is, surely I would be excited for Shark Week as anyone else would be! Shark Week is a good chance for the public to learn more about sharks—however, as the long-anticipated week approaches, I’ve been seeing a lot of these articles around than I usually would expect.
Although these articles briefly mention the fact that shark attacks are fairly rare, these important concepts are not the main objective of the article. Rather, these articles seem to focus on continuing to feed the public about the on-going reputation of the shark today as a man-eater.
With that said, this can also refer to this year’s infamous “Shark Week” as well. Although it’s a good opportunity to shine light on sharks, keep in mind that the media feeds off of people’s attention and interests. Documentaries stating fact simply do not cut it anymore as Discovery Channel’s Shark Week strives to entertain the public more and more every year by putting in action packed videos of jumping sharks, re-enactments of shark attacks, and others of the like.
So please take the information given on this year’s Shark Week with a grain of salt! I expect that many of their programs will focus more on sharks and their interactions with humans rather than doing any “proper” educating. You never know, but it’d be great for people to keep this in mind and do more research before assuming you’re an automatic “shark expert” for watching shark week!
Thanks for reading!
Hello! Just a heads up that the Western Australia Shark Cull is still on-going! WA’s state government has proposed to extend their catch-and-kill policies to national authorities, in which EPA (Environmenal Protection Agency) is currently reviewing.
Sharks are an important part of our environment and are extremely crucial to the ocean’s ecosystems! Please spread the word that this is STILL on-going, it’s not over yet, and we need to stop them!
Here are some things you can do to help!
Petitions You Can Sign:
What you can do:
i. Write to WA government officials! Let them know that you are displeased with the cull and express your concerns! If you aren’t from Australia, send them an email anyways—state that you will not visit Australia or will have no interest in doing so until they lift the ban.
WA believes that the shark cull will not deter people from visiting—in fact, they believe that it will encourage more people to visit! Let them know that this is not true!
People you can write to:
24th Floor, Governor Stirling Tower
197 St Georges Terrace
Perth, WA 6000
Telephone: +61 8 6552-5000 / Fax: (08) 6552-5001
29th Floor, Allendale
Perth, WA 6000
Telephone: +61 8 6552-6800 / Fax: (08) 6552-6801
ii. Educate yourself and others! Not a lot of people are aware of this issue as they should be—if people side with the issue, don’t be angry with them! Ask why, they’re most likely misinformed and unaware that sharks aren’t actually that dangerous to humans! Hopefully they will listen and agree with you then.
That’s all I have for now, I think! If you have any other recommendations or suggestions, please feel free to add on! Thanks for reading!