|Protesting against the Western Australia shark cull|
Since implementation of the cull, which ended in April 2014, a total of 72 drum lines were deployed to bait and hook large sharks (sharks over 3 meters were killed) and a total of 172 sharks were caught. Of the 172, 50 met the size threshold and were killed, 18 were smaller sharks but died due to being caught and the others were released.
Officials have touted that the cull was a success and have since applied to the federal government for a three-year extension of the program which would start in November 2014. During the time the cull was in effect, beach closures due to shark sightings were fewer than in previous years and there were no reported shark bite incidents. Whether this decline had anything to do with the use of the drum lines would be anyone's guess but officials believe that the program did make the beaches safer for beachgoers.
|Tiger shark caught/killed in Western Australia cull|
Sea Shepard documentary description from their website (trailer below):
SBS World News story:A Sea Shepherd documentary on the Western Australian shark cull, exposing the brutal cruelty of the controversial program that took place off the WA Coastline last summer.Featuring never before seen footage & exclusive interviews with Sharon Burden (mother of Kyle Burden, tragically taken in 2011 by a White Shark), Skyler Thomas, Jeff Hansen, Nicole McLachlan, Craig Moss & Mike Dicks - captain of the Sea Shepherd vessell, 'Bruce the RIB'.This explosive documentary on the Western Australians drum line policy is a must see for anyone interested in the protection of sharks & marine conservation.
The Shark Cull trailer: *If you're having issues accessing the Shiffman article, you can view the cache copy here.