Shark drum line program - Questions

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

No congratulations to the Premier for this year’s most anticipated load of codswallop

The Premier’s long-promised and delayed review of last summer’s drum lining, released today, continues to gloss over the program's most obvious failures, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says.  Read more »

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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Director-General’s actions deepen doubts over Department of Fisheries role

Media statement, Thursday 15 May 2014.
Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has expressed concern about actions of the WA Department of Fisheries Director-General on board a Fisheries drum lining vessel in March, when he was supposed to be on the boat as an official observer.

“Video footage of the Director General’s actions reveals he played an active role, even handling a shark caught on a drum line.

“According to the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s referral document currently undergoing environment assessment, a ‘Fisheries officer’ conducted an ‘observer trip’ on a drumlining vessel on Thursday 20 March 2014 off Perth – one of several observer trips done to ensure that drumlining operations were conducted legally,” Ms MacLaren said. Read more »

Drum line ‘success’ exposed as furphy

Media statement, Tuesday 13 May 2014.

A claim by the WA Fisheries Minister last week that the drum lines were a success because there had been fewer beach closures this summer compared to last year have been exposed as furphy after the Greens confirmed that WA’s beach closure policy was changed in January.

“Before the drum lines went in this summer, a two metre or bigger shark needed only to come within one kilometre of the shoreline for a beach closure to occur, but in January, Surf Life Saving WA changed its policy so that a shark up three metres in length could come within 500 metres of the shore before the beach was closed,” Ms MacLaren said. Read more »

Why Blame the Tiger Shark?

From Jan 25th to April 30th 2014, drum lines have claimed the lives of 64 tiger sharks off Perth metropolitan beaches and the southwest coast – although given the poor condition of many undersized tiger sharks officially ‘released alive’, the real figure may be closer to 100.
The Greens have relied on the best up-to-date scientific data to assess the danger that tiger sharks pose in Western Australian waters. Any animal can be dangerous (in fact, mosquitoes have killed millions of people) but the risk posed by tiger sharks has been overstated by the current Barnett Government.
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Greens condemn final stats on shark drum lines

Media statement, Wednesday, 7 May 2014.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has labelled shark mitigation data released today by the State Government as completely misleading and lacking vital information. Read more »

Greens Welcome EPA Assessment on Shark Drum Lines

Media release 23 April 2014 Read more »