Con­sul­ta­tion starts on non-lethal drum lines

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

Con­sul­ta­tion has started for the pro­posed trial of non-lethal smart drum lines off Grace­town and ex­tend­ing the WA Gov­ern­ment’s shark mon­i­tor­ing net­work.

Fish­eries Min­is­ter Dave Kelly said yes­ter­day res­i­dents would guide the lo­ca­tion of drum lines and satel­lite re­ceivers, with feed­back open un­til Oc­to­ber 10.

The move fol­lows long-run­ning calls for a trial in the re­gion, though surfers from Yallingup as far as Fal­con want in on the trial too.

The Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment’s work­ing pro­posal con­sid­ers ei­ther 12 drum lines along 9km of the Grace­town coast, or 10 drum lines de­ployed 500m from shore along 11.5km.

“We want to have the non-lethal smart drum lines in the wa­ter as soon as pos­si­ble,” Mr Kelly said.

“How­ever, we won’t be re­peat­ing the mis­takes of the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment and cut cor­ners.

“We want to make sure that this is a well-planned and trans­par­ent non-lethal trial.”

Last week, the South West Safe Shark Group said it wanted the trial to take in the El­lens­brook and Um­bies surf breaks.

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