Non-lethal cam­paign con­tin­ues

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

SHARK killing op­po­nents Sea Shep­herd agree with Premier Colin Bar­nett about con­tra­dic­tory shark line and net use in NSW and Queens­land.

How­ever, Sea Shep­herd di­rec­tor Jeff Hansen said those states’ lines should also be re­moved be­fore claim­ing WA’s EPA re­port showed they were en­vi­ron­men­tally un­ac­cept­able on the east coast.

Those lines and nets were al­lowed be­fore the Fed­eral En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Bio­di­ver­sity and Con­ser­va­tion Act that will frame Can­berra’s fi­nal decision on WA’s drum line trial. Sea Shep­herd and oth­ers mon­i­tored the drum lines daily.

Mr Hansen said Sea Shep­herd would con­tinue cam­paign­ing for non-lethal shark bar­ri­ers but it con­sid­ered a State Gov­ern­ment Duns­bor­ough-tested en­clo­sure to be “a Dark Ages so­lu­tion” that could kill marine life. It would also op­pose giv­ing Fish­eries of­fi­cers power to kill a “rogue” shark when there was no sci­en­tific ev­i­dence of such be­hav­iour.

“They could be hunt­ing seals or other marine life; they are not hunt­ing us,” Mr Hansen said.

He said Fed­eral En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Greg Hunt should now back non-lethal bar­ri­ers.

Sea Shep­herd di­rec­tor Jeff Hansen says the Duns­bor­ough en­clo­sure is a ‘Dark Ages’ so­lu­tion.

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