No WA Shark Cull


In November 2013, in response to a fatal shark attack on a surfer, the State Government announced it would install baited drum line hooks off Perth and the State’s South-West coastline with the intention of hunting and killing large sharks. The announcement was made after a 15-month period in which no fatal shark attack had occurred in Western Australian waters, while over a dozen people had drowned off our coast.

Against strong community opposition and doubts whether the strategy would do anything to reduce attacks, the drum lines were implemented on Australia Day long weekend in late January 2014. Although the policy was described as targeting large ‘dangerous’ sharks over three metres in length (including great white, tiger and bull sharks), it swiftly become clear that many under-size sharks were being caught, including non-target species. If the undersized captured sharks did not die on the drum lines, they were shot or in numerous documented cases, released in a condition in which survival was unlikely. 

With no evidence that this plan will make people safer and growing evidence that the sharks impaled on the hooks or released in poor condition may in fact be attracting bigger predators, the Greens have fought in parliament at a State and Federal level to end the catch and kill strategy: an expensive, ineffective policy grounded by fear rather than fact.

At a state level Lynn MacLaren has challenged the lack of science and due process in the policy’s development through questions in parliament, and spoken at protests to collectively more than 10,000 people with anti-cull organisations that include Sea Shepherd, West Australians for Shark Conservation and Animal Amnesty.

The battle continues to end WA’s shark cull, through continued political pressure and community opposition as well as appeals to environmental agencies and a legal challenge.

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Posts about NO WA SHARK CULL

Premier's rogue shark nonsense is endangering Western Australians Fri 17 October 2014
Shark focus should be on preventative action Fri 03 October 2014
Dunsborough swimming enclosure “success” not supported by evidence Thu 25 September 2014
Greens confirm: Premier to seek Federal approval of drum line program Wed 17 September 2014
Green light for summer 2014 drum line operation warrants re-examination Fri 12 September 2014
EPA common sense on sharks welcome although some questions remain Thu 11 September 2014
Government continues shark survey cover-up in WA Parliament Fri 29 August 2014
Liberals right to be queasy over shark cull costs and lack of logic Wed 20 August 2014
Geraldton shark confirms all that’s wrong with culling Thu 17 July 2014
Shark mitigation policy - Questions Mon 07 July 2014
Lynn MacLaren's submission Public Environmental Review (PER), Western Australian Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line Program 2014- Mon 07 July 2014
Shark drum line program - Questions Fri 20 June 2014
Shark drum line program - Questions Fri 20 June 2014
Shark drum line program: Beach closures - Questions Fri 20 June 2014
Great white shark: Threatened species list - Questions Fri 20 June 2014
Shark drum line program - Questions Fri 20 June 2014
Shark drum line program - Questions Fri 20 June 2014
Common sense and evidence still missing on sharks Tue 10 June 2014
Greens urge submissions on three year shark cull plan, PER opens today Mon 09 June 2014
International shark conference confirms culling concerns Thu 05 June 2014
Director-General’s actions deepen doubts over Department of Fisheries role Thu 15 May 2014
Drum line ‘success’ exposed as furphy Thu 15 May 2014
Why Blame the Tiger Shark? Thu 08 May 2014
Greens condemn final stats on shark drum lines Wed 07 May 2014
Greens Welcome EPA Assessment on Shark Drum Lines Tue 29 April 2014
Shark drum line program: Questions 5 Wed 16 April 2014
Shark drum line program: Questions 4 Wed 16 April 2014
Shark drum line program: Questions 3 Wed 16 April 2014
Shark drum line program: Questions 2 Wed 16 April 2014
Shark drum line program: Questions Wed 16 April 2014
Sharks - drum line program: Questions 2 Wed 16 April 2014
Sharks - drum line program: Questions Wed 16 April 2014
Lynn's submission to the EPA: Western Australian Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line Program 2014-2017 Tue 15 April 2014
Strong concerns about Fisheries’ advice on drum lining plan Tue 15 April 2014
Public urged to speak up now against formal proposal for a 3-year drum line programme: Greens Tue 08 April 2014
State Government requests to extend worrying drum line programme Tue 08 April 2014
Shark drum line program: Questions 2 Wed 26 March 2014
Shark drum line program: Questions Wed 26 March 2014
Community outrage at EPA’s rejection of 22000 submissions Wed 12 March 2014
Drumlines to remain as injunction refused Wed 05 March 2014
Minister confirms tiger sharks are not associated with fatalities in WA Thu 27 February 2014
Legal challenge over sharks begun Wed 26 February 2014
Shark attacks - Hazard mitigation strategy: Questions Fri 21 February 2014
Great white shark - hazard mitigation strategy: Petition Fri 21 February 2014
Shark proof enclosures - Western Australian beaches: Questions Fri 21 February 2014
Department of Fisheries - Shark hazard mitigation strategy: Questions Fri 21 February 2014
What was under the tarp, Minister? Thu 20 February 2014
Shark protestors take to steps of Parliament Tue 18 February 2014
Have your say on an EPA assessment of the shark drum lines Mon 17 February 2014
Shark cull a costly exercise in futility Thu 13 February 2014
Greens label dropping of metro drum lines ‘a disgrace to Western Australia' Fri 31 January 2014
#noWAsharkcull team will continue to challenge indiscriminate shark cull Tue 28 January 2014
MEDIA ALERT: Response to first WA shark cull Media Conference Tue 28 January 2014
Environment Minister fails evidence test on sharks Tue 21 January 2014
Shark cull policy turns shambolic Mon 20 January 2014
Stop the WA Shark Cull! How you can help Wed 15 January 2014
Killing Sharks - The Case Against Thu 09 January 2014
Barnett botches shark tender Mon 06 January 2014
Greens challenge State and Federal governments to put up or shut up on sharks Sat 04 January 2014
Shark fishers back the Greens in condemning drum lines Tue 24 December 2013
South African experience shows folly of WA Government’s proposed shark cull Mon 23 December 2013
Greens MLC to table petition calling for halt to shark cull Wed 11 December 2013
Drum-lines not the answer: Greens Tue 10 December 2013
Protest to stop the shark cull and repeal the imminent threat policy Tue 10 December 2013