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Sharks - drum line program: Questions 2


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

Sharks - drum line program: Questions


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

Lynn's submission to the EPA: Western Australian Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line Program 2014-2017

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has completed her submission to the Environmental Protection Authority regarding the State Government's referral to extend the WA Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line Program for three years. Lynn would like to urge members of the public to make their own submissions, and invites the public to use her submission as a recommendation on what to include.

Despite receiving over 20,000 submissions last month, the EPA chose not to assess the policy because the limited time frame of the policy (ending April 30 of this year) was deemed not to have an environmental impact.


With plans to extend the program to 2017, we must now send a clear message to the EPA that this policy is environmentally unacceptable and should conduct full assessment of the environmental impact. Read more »

Strong concerns about Fisheries’ advice on drum lining plan

Media statement, Tuesday 15 April 2014.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has questioned advice given by the WA Department of Fisheries on the impacts of drum lining for three more years on WA’s marine life, saying it contradicts national documents published as recently as last year on the status of great white shark populations off Western Australia.

“The Premier, via his Department of Premier and Cabinet, has submitted a plan to both State and Federal environmental agencies outlining his intention to cull sharks in WA waters for another three summers,” Ms MacLaren said. Read more »

Public urged to speak up now against formal proposal for a 3-year drum line programme: Greens

Media statement, Tuesday 8 April 2014.

The State Government’s application to the Federal Government to extend the ineffective drum line programme by three years represents a complete disregard for community concern and scientific evidence, said Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren.

If approved, the drum lines will sit 1km off popular WA beaches from 15 November to 30 April each year, from 2014 - 2017.
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State Government requests to extend worrying drum line programme

The Barnett Government has asked the Federal Government to extend its drum lines programme for three years.

You can help to Stop The Cull by spending just 2 minutes of your time to submit a comment to the EPBC opposing the policy:

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Shark drum line program: Questions 2

273. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the Attorney General representing the Minister for Police:
I refer to the contractor who is conducting shark drum lining activities in the south west for the government.
(1) What sort of firearms licence does the contractor have for the firearm he uses on the drum lining boat? Read more »

Shark drum line program: Questions


230. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the Minister for Fisheries:
(1) To the minister’s knowledge, how many dusky sharks have been caught on the drum lines to date?
(2) Please give the sizes, dates and locations of all dusky sharks captured on the drum lines to date, as well as details of the animals’ release or death. Read more »

Community outrage at EPA’s rejection of 22000 submissions

Media statement, Wednesday, 12 March 2014.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren blasted the EPA today saying their refusal to assess the environmental impacts of baited hook drum lines is an outrageous affront to tens of thousands of Western Australians.

“Every man and his dog know that these drum lines are proposed to be a regular feature off popular beaches, and almost certainly off southwest beaches. Read more »

Drumlines to remain as injunction refused

Media statement, Wednesday, 5 March 2014.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren expressed concern and disappointment at today’s Supreme Court decision to keep the drum lines in the water, with a requested injunction for the hooks to be taken out for proper judicial review denied.

“While the request for the drum lines to be pulled immediately was denied, we are still hopeful that we will win the fight, and the drum lines will be pulled out,” Ms MacLaren said.

“Despite both environmental and legal concerns surrounding Barnett’s catch and kill policy, the drum lines remain; this is an upsetting decision for 80-95% of Australians that are against the cull. This is also concerning for those that feel unsafe swimming in WA waters with a ‘meat curtain’ hanging just one km off our popular beaches”.  
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