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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Premier draws blank on future drumlining costs

Months away from when he proposes to embark on a three year culling program of WA vulnerable and protected shark species the WA Premier doesn't know what it will cost, questions asked by Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren have revealed.

"No one ever accused the Liberal Party of being the party for science or the environment, but I thought the Liberals once claimed to be the party for fiscal responsibility. That is not being demonstrated in regard to the proposed drum line operation," 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 »

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 »

Shark drum line program - Questions

1192. Hon Lynn MacLaren to the Minister for Fisheries: Read more »

Shark drum line program - Questions

577. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the Minister for Fisheries: Read more »

Shark drum line program: Beach closures - Questions

523. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the Minister for Fisheries: Read more »

Great white shark: Threatened species list - Questions

508. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the minister representing the Minister for Environment: Read more »

Shark drum line program - Questions

474. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the Minister for Fisheries: Read more »