Sharks baiters to be snipped

Western Suburbs Weekly - - State Election ‘17 - By JON BAS­SETT

COASTAL coun­cils are join­ing Cottes­loe to clamp down on recre­ational fish­ers tar­get­ing sharks by throw­ing blood, fish guts and pieces as berley from beaches.

“The City’s beach in­spec­tors pa­trol Scar­bor­ough, Brighton and Trigg beaches on a daily ba­sis as part of their reg­u­lar beach pa­trols, from 6am,” City of Stir­ling re­cre­ation and leisure ser­vices man­ager Si­mone Pas­tor said

“And dur­ing these pa­trols, beach in­spec­tors have spo­ken to fish­ers about their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties when it comes to the clean­ing of fish and the dis­posal of any of­fal.”

It is an of­fence in Stir­ling to throw fish of­fal into the sea and de­spite no in­ci­dents re­ported, the City’s ear­ly­morn­ing pa­trols will con­tinue un­til the end of this month.

Cottes­loe’s clam­p­down came af­ter an al­leged con­fronta­tion last month be­tween res­i­dents and shark fish­ers us­ing heavy tackle and a kayak to dis­perse berley at night at North Cottes­loe Beach.

Cottes­loe Mayor Jo Dawkins said fish­ing for sharks on Cottes­loe’s beaches was il­le­gal and would not be tol­er­ated.

A lo­cal law from 2012 says no person can fish for sharks or use blood to lure the large fish to baits.

Cottes­loe is sen­si­tive to the threat of sharks af­ter fa­tal at­tacks killed swim­mers Bryn Martin off Cottes­loe Beach in 2011 and Ken Crew off North Cottes­loe Beach in 2006.

A re­cent boom in shark beach fish­ing has cre­ated a fear that po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous sharks will be at­tracted closer to swim­mers.

So­cial me­dia ex­ist pro­mot­ing shark fish­ing along the met­ro­pol­i­tan coast and there have been re­ports of fish of­fal and car­cases be­ing found near pop­u­lar swim­ming spots.

Town of Cam­bridge chief ex­ec­u­tive Ja­son Buck­ley said rangers would now en­force laws pro­hibit­ing berley to bring sharks within 200m of beaches.

Mr Buck­ley said while the coun­cil was not aware of con­fronta­tions be­tween the pub­lic and shark fish­ers on its City and Floreat beaches, a re­port re­cently made about peo­ple fish­ing for sharks would be in­ves­ti­gated.

■ Beach shark fish­ing us­ing berley can be re­ported to po­lice on 131 444.

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