Australia’s Plan to Kill Sharks Will Affect Marine Ecosystem, Protesters SayNewsroom
Thousands have joined protest actions against a government plan to capture and kill sharks in Western Australia.
The Government of Western Australia (WA) earlier bared a plan to cull large sharks following seven fatal shark attacks that have been documented in the last 3 years, particularly in the capital city of Perth.
Some 4,000 protesters gathered at Perth’s Cottesloe beach to denounce the controversial plan, a report from BBC News said.
According to the report, the WA government is set to offer a contract for local fishers to install baited hooks around popular beaches in Perth to capture large sharks or animals that are more than 3 meters long.
In November, a man was fatally attacked by a shark, reports said.
But the move to capture and kill these sharks is not the answer, protesters said, adding that this may do more harm than good.
Killing the sharks would also “devastate the marine ecosystem and the drum lines could harm animals like dolphins, turtles, and fish,” Sea Shepherd Australia Managing Director Jeff Hansen, quoted by a euronews.com report, said.
But the WA government is standing by its plan due to the recorded fatal attacks.
A report from ABC News said the WA government is “not backing down” despite the protest actions.
WA acting premier Kim Hames said the government “is doing the right thing.”
“We’ve had seven people that have lost their lives in our waters in the last 3 years compared to (only 20) over the last 20 years,” Hames, quoted by the report, said. “We believe the government had to do something about it.”
WA’s neighbor state South Australia meanwhile said it will not implement a similar plan.