No WA Shark Cull

Lynn MacLaren's submission Public Environmental Review (PER), Western Australian Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line Program 2014-

I urge the Environmental Protection Authority to find the above proposal environmentally unacceptable on the grounds of:

•    It does not meet the EPA’s objective for Marine Fauna (being “To maintain the diversity, geographic distribution and viability of fauna at the species and population levels”); and
•    It does not meet Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act requirements relating to listed threatened species and listed migratory species and world heritage.
In addition, I am concerned that the proponent’s PER document does not meet many key requirements of the WA Environmental Protection Act 1986 that are gazetted in the Environmental Impact Assessment (Part IV Divisions 1 and 2) Administrative Procedures 2012.   The proponent’s PER document also does not meet requirements that were set out in the Environmental Scoping Document for this proposal, in the EPA’s Guidelines for Preparing an Environmental Review and in the EPA’s Checklist for documents submitted for EIA on marine and terrestrial biodiversity.  These inconsistencies with the EPA’s stated requirements for a PER document include:
•    Community and stakeholder consultation (to occur early in the planning of the proposal);
•    A detailed justification of the proposal;
•    A genuine evaluation of alternatives; and
•    Complete and technically sound information and appropriate references. Read more »

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Common sense and evidence still missing on sharks

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren today countered the following claims about sharks and the effectiveness of drum lines.

Claim 1: There are 5,400 great white sharks off the WA coast.
Response: 5,400 is the extreme end of an estimate derived from a draft Department of Fisheries study that used a “suite of inventive methods”. It refers to a white shark population that ranges westwards of Bass Strait, thus covering a very large area of ocean, not just off WA. The Fisheries study ignored a recent peer-reviewed genetic study on the same population that estimated just 700 mature individuals.
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Greens urge submissions on three year shark cull plan, PER opens today

Media statement, Monday 9 June 2014.

After the senseless killing of more than 100 sharks in the Barnett Government’s expensive and ill-conceived drum line programme, finally the program is open to public scrutiny and comment, said Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren today.

Today’s release of the State Government’s shark drum line Public Environmental Review (PER) will give the community an opportunity to see in detail what Barnett has planned for dropping drum lines 1km off WA beaches for three more years, she said.

“The PER describes the proposal, examines the likely environmental effects and the proposed environmental management procedures, it is up to the public to make submissions on whether the proposal is viable in the state”. Read more »

International shark conference confirms culling concerns

Media statement, Thursday 5 June 2014.

New studies presented at the world’s biggest shark conference in South Africa this week will confirm the fragility of great white shark populations while highlighting the range of alternatives to drum lining, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says.

“The Sharks International conference, taking place in Durban, is held every few years and is one of the biggest shark science conferences in the world,” Ms MacLaren said.

“Looking at the abstracts of papers to be presented it is obvious that most other countries where shark attacks occur are moving away from lethal shark control to more modern measures such as area-based deterrents, public awareness-raising and shark capture and relocation programs.
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