Australia to catch, kill sharks

2012-09-27 15:55

Sydney - Sharks that stray too close to beaches on Australia's west coast will be caught and killed under a new government plan in response to an unprecedented spate of fatalities.

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett unveiled a $7.13m package in shark mitigation strategies, including a track, catch and destroy programme, in the wake of five fatal attacks over the past year.

Fisheries Minister Norman Moore said the move would enable "proactive action" as soon as a shark was detected close to beachgoers instead of waiting for the animal to strike.

"Previously the orders were used in response to an attack, but now proactive action will be taken if a large white shark presents imminent threat to people," said Moore.

The funding package includes $2.08m for shark hunting and killing and $2.08m for a tagging and tracking programme that is already underway and providing real-time alerts on social media when sharks enter populated areas.

A further $2.08m would be set aside for shark research, while the remaining funding would be devoted to extra jet-skis for life guards, a study and trial of enclosures and a smartphone application for shark alerts.

Bitten in half

"These new measures will not only help us to understand the behaviour of sharks but also offer beachgoers greater protection and confidence as we head into summer," said Barnett.

Western Australia's government has come under growing pressure to increase protection measures after the five deaths over the past year - an unprecedented number for such a short period.

The most recent fatality was in July, when a surfer was bitten in half in a savage attack near Wedge Island, north of Perth, with another mauled but escaping alive last month at far-flung Red Bluff.

Most fatal attacks in the region involve great whites, among the largest shark species in the world and made famous by the horror movie Jaws. They can grow up to 6m and weigh up to two tons.

Sharks are common in Australian waters but deadly attacks have previously been rare, with only one of the average 15 incidents a year typically proving fatal.

Experts say the average number of attacks in the country has increased in line with population growth and the popularity of water sports.

  • tom.poe.12 - 2012-09-27 16:08

    Stupid if killing one shark is going to send a message to the other sharks to stay away???? Killing sharks might only encourage more sharks to come snooping around with all the blood etc in the water..... I say again : Stupid plan.....

      thandiwe.ngema.71 - 2012-09-27 16:13

      Australia are a bunch of idiots when it comes to conservation!

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-09-27 16:17

      Clearly catching a wave or snorkeling for leisure has a higher priority than preserving a severely threatened super-predator.

      KeeperofChaos - 2012-09-27 16:51

      @Raymond, wtf dude? So I can go camp in the Kruger in a little tent and shoot any lion that comes near my campsite? It has to respect me even though I'm having a braai on its hunting ground? You idiot! Stay away if you don't want to be eaten. Don't go surf remote locations where there are no spotters/shark nets. Don't go into the water during dusk or dawn. You asking for trouble mate. The Great White sharks travel between SA and AUS. So the next time someone goes cage diving in CPT, wave the GW goodbye, it might never make it back again. LOL, they want to research, tag and kill them all at the same time!

      thandiwe.ngema.71 - 2012-09-27 17:05

      and now we see that the Aussie government are sanctioning marine culls!! Unbelievable...

      Citroes - 2012-09-27 17:57

      Don't bother engaging this Huxley idiot. He's a super example of how backwards and stupid some Aussies are. Its a dumb move to cull an animal. Get out of his home and you won't get bitten.

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-09-27 21:33

      What a bunch of dummies. How about shark nets. Jeez you dont just go and kill these animals. After all it is the sharks domain. The ocean. Man should go and shoot itself for beeing STUPID and selfish. It will be like taking a walk in a game reserve and thinking its your domain. Arrogant Australian bastards.

      Sasha D - 2012-09-28 01:04

      I agree Tom. License to kill. Aren't Great White sharks an endangered species? Why do we humans have to kill and wipe out other species? Why can't we just learn to live as part of the ecosystem? We definitely have the potential to do so much good for the earth, but instead we opt to rape and destroy it for greed and in the name of human 'progress'.

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-09-27 16:19

    Stop overfishing. Some of the sharks natural prey are seals who feed on fish who the Chinese and Japanese dragnets result in wholesale slaughter all over the world. Australia please put up shark nets,you know they work in South Africa even though sadly there is some by-catch. Why resort to killing great whites that are just making a living.????????? We are told over and over again that sharks "don't eat people" but they do. Make the beaches safe in other ways.

  • chris.holloway.5 - 2012-09-27 16:36

    Kill and eat them all...if there were less sharks, there would be more fish for everyone. What constructive role do sharks play in the eco system?

      nick.vuletic - 2012-09-27 17:02

      You have absolutely no idea how ironic your statement is, in regards to you in the eco system chris...not a clue.

      KeeperofChaos - 2012-09-27 17:08

      @Chris. From the sharks point of view : What constructive role do humans play in the ecosystem? Mmm... None at all! They come and deplete our only food source. So what do we do, we swim to shore looking for something to eat. Yes, let's kill and eat all the humans! Go do some research regarding the food chain in our oceans, you will see what they do to help sustain the ecosystem.

      arne.verhoef - 2012-09-27 17:34

      i sincerely hope your statement was tongue-in-cheek

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-09-27 22:33

      Rather eat your cookies and shut up 'Hollowhead'!!!

      azille.douma - 2012-09-28 12:58

      Ur an idiot get out of ur cave

      jomardl - 2012-10-01 09:34

      @Chris -- Wow, I feel really smart after reading your comment. Say something else!

  • ianthe.exall - 2012-09-27 16:55

    Why? It is their habitat, not ours. Next time I see a shark cycling down my road I will have a good go at it with my car- how dare it invade my habitat.

      chris.holloway.5 - 2012-09-27 17:04

      Why do we kill mosquitoes??? It is their habitat..or flies or use antibiotics to kill ifectious germs...isn't their habitat also sacred?

      rodi.uys - 2012-09-27 17:49

      LOL, Good one lantheJ

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  • marni.boshoff - 2012-09-27 17:04

    this is stupid, we are on their turf, not they on ours, now we are killing them because we as humans overfish and they have to come closer to shore to look for food!!!!! they were here long before they were

  • kumbulani - 2012-09-27 17:39

    Strange that we go into their territories and kill them. Where must they go. Thats why there are pools for a swim. If u wana be safe swim in a pool, surf in a dam, cme to Africa. SA has nets why nt use nets too. Conservatiön please. Why waste all that money than gve to other nations who are in starvation. Is that a long term solution or jst a short term. Eish, we need mercy

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-09-27 17:50

    so SA should follow suit and when there is an elephant near your car in the Kruger -shoot it. The sea is the sharks terrain- get out if he's around don't kill them all- friggin lot of stupid criminals

  • angela.michaels.73 - 2012-09-27 18:16

    Raymond I sincerely hope that comment is made in typical Aussie humour. For us dour South Africans, Australians get a huge kick out of winding people up. As for this article. They're kidding right? I can just picture it, Chuck Norris type Aussies in wet suits on jet skis.....chasing sharks. Seriously?

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-09-27 22:40

      Aussie humour ? Explain? Killing sharks for behaving naturally funny????

  • mulzar - 2012-09-28 07:41

    WTF!?: Sharks that stray too close to beaches on Australia's west coast will be caught and killed... "These new measures will not only help us to understand the behaviour of sharks but also offer beachgoers greater protection and confidence as we head into summer," said Barnett.

  • cronje.fourie - 2012-09-28 08:58

    What a bunch of morons...Why not just kill of all creatures that can possibly harm humans...Starting with the human race. The best thing this guy can do for humanity would be to commit suicide.

  • vanzyljoh - 2012-09-28 09:23

    Shame on you Australia!!!! (And you Natal Sharks Board! You are no better with your shark nets). Just because WE cannot stop reproducing like rats it is okay to strip mine the oceans, kill the animals and destroy the planet! And yet we feel it is important to make 'Ra-Ra' movies showing how we will fight against the unfair aliens who invade our planet and kill us off for the same reason? Anyone up for making an Alien movie where the aliens win - maybe we can get the Natal Sharks Board to sponsor it?

  • tom.poe.12 - 2012-09-28 09:26

    This Ozzie attitude does not surprise me......considering what they did to the indigenous Aboriginal population.......this Shark killing idea must make all the sense to them!!!!

  • azille.douma - 2012-09-28 12:50

    This is so stupid then kill all animals that can possibly kill aust like spider salties snakes and box jellies. Go live in a bubble you selfish idiots. Like you will go walking in a national park where lions rome free. Same thing. The sharks hunt for food so stay out of the bloody water. I thought you people actualy have brains. You should be asheamed by passing this law!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • azille.douma - 2012-09-28 12:51

    Raymond like we would say in South Africa ' Jy het die brein van n siek padda jou toet!'

  • colleen.young.7 - 2012-10-01 09:19

    This is such a disgusting story. I used to think that Australians gave a damn about the environment and the oceans, but now I can see they are just as dumb as everyone else. If you do not want to be bitten by a shark then stay out of the water! They do not come onto land and hunt us, yet Aussies are going to go into their territory and slaughter them there. How disgusting! Guilty without being able to prove themselves innocent. And I agree that killing them will only encourage more sharks to the area.

  • jomardl - 2012-10-01 09:33

    Australia has a lousy conservation track record on so many fronts.

  • les.silverstone - 2012-10-08 06:07

    Sensible response- People should be allowed to frequent the sea too. Rogue killers should be dealt with. Contrary to armchair experts, sharks could leave the area. Bravo to the authorities for being pro-active.Tourism industries depend on safe bathing for families.Shark attacks are now becoming too frequent.

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