Non-lethal campaign continues
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.