No WA Shark Cull

Premier's rogue shark nonsense is endangering Western Australians

 Media statement, Friday, 17 October 2014

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says documents justifying a Federal Government exemption that enabled protected great white sharks to be killed off Esperance this month raise doubts about the quality of information the WA Premier fed to the Federal Environment Minister.

"It seems that Premier Barnett's continuing 'rogue sharks' fantasy might have led to him to make dubious claims to the Federal Environment Minister," Ms MacLaren said. Read more »

Shark focus should be on preventative action

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has expressed concern that the WA Government exceeded its own Imminent Threat Guidelines this week to seek Federal permission to kill sharks in Esperance following serious injuries to a young surfer. 

“First and foremost, my thoughts are with Mr Pollard. I sincerely  wish the best possible recovery for him, as he and his family and friends deal with what has happened,” Ms MacLaren said. 

“The incident has highlighted how the shark hazard in WA is spread right along our vast coastline, and it confirms that these incidents occur throughout the year, and not just November to April.  Read more »

Dunsborough swimming enclosure “success” not supported by evidence

Claims by the State Government that a net-style shark-proof swimming enclosure at Dunsborough was a “success” are not supported by evidence showing structural holes in it large enough for sharks to swim through, the WA Greens say.

“As evidenced by photographs and eye witness accounts, the Old Dunsborough net enclosure, which was modelled on Gold Coast gear, had huge holes due to poor design,” Greens MLc Lynn MacLaren said.

“This begs the question why the WA Government thumbed its nose at

 using the WA technology known as Eco Shark Barrier, which eventually was tested, using private money due to State Government lack of interest, at Coogee, and was a huge success.

“Despite not yet releasing the review of last summer’s Dunsborough enclosure, which was due in June, the Premier is claiming the Dunsborough net was a complete success. Read more »

Greens confirm: Premier to seek Federal approval of drum line program

Media statement, Wednesday 17 September 2014

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren confirmed in Parliament last night that the WA Government will seek Federal approval of a three-year drum lining proposal despite the Premier promising on Thursday that he would scrap the planned annual shark cull.

"You have to wonder what the Premier's motives are for asking the Federal Environment Minister to approve a proposal that the Premier himself has as good as admitted it is not worth pursuing because it is environmentally unsound," Ms MacLaren said. Read more »

Green light for summer 2014 drum line operation warrants re-examination

Media statement, Friday, 12 September 2014

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says confirmation by the CSIRO this week that shark culling was unacceptable on environmental and scientific grounds raises fresh questions about why the 2014 drum line trial went ahead without any form of environment assessment.

“I have questions and concerns about Department of Fisheries’ advice that stated that there was no serious risk to shark populations from the WA drum line operations – this being advice that the Department gave in both January 2014 about the 2014 program and in April about the three-year proposal,” Ms MacLaren said. Read more »

EPA common sense on sharks welcome although some questions remain

Media statement, Thursday, 11 September 2014.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has applauded the WA Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for making a common sense recommendation by advising against the WA Government’s proposed shark cull.

“Following this week’s revelations of poor process by the EPA’s board and Chair, this outcome on sharks goes a small way to redeem the EPA board in the public eye,” Ms MacLaren said.
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Government continues shark survey cover-up in WA Parliament

Media statement, Friday, 29 August 2014.

Green MLC Lynn MacLaren, who will join Sea Shepherd today at Parliament at 12:30 for a media conference, says not only did the WA Government hide key data from the Federal Government over its drum line strategy it has also continued to cover up in the WA Parliament.

“I have been asking questions in Parliament about the Government’s 2013 $53,000 community perceptions survey on sharks since May, and more recently about the total $1 million Marketforce contract, begun in 2012 as a four-year program,” Ms MacLaren said. Read more »

Liberals right to be queasy over shark cull costs and lack of logic

Media statement, Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Alternatives to drum lines are gaining such popularity that even Liberal backbenchers are now finding a voice to speak out against culling, says Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren.

"Modern large shark-proof swimming enclosures are just one of a suite of more effective, cost efficient responses to the shark hazard than drum lines," Ms MacLaren said.
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Geraldton shark confirms all that’s wrong with culling

Reports about a four-metre great white shark washed up dead on a Geraldton beach confirm some of the most obvious flaws in the WA Government’s drumlining strategy, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says.

“First we heard that several members of the public repeatedly try to save a great white that had stranded itself off the beach, at some personal risk to themselves,” Ms MacLaren said.

“One must assume that these beachgoers are not part of the Premier’s imagined “silent majority” who support his desire to exterminate large sharks off our beaches. 

“Secondly, descriptions of this shark match the species and size of shark that the Government aimed to kill this summer, albeit while failing to do so – and yet we also learn that this great white had been fitted with an acoustic tag by South Australian researchers.  Read more »

Shark mitigation policy - Questions

1246. Hon Lynn MacLaren to the Minister for Fisheries: Read more »