Action needed on carcasses
The lack of action to deal with increasingly difficult whale carcasses is a concern to public safety.
A trial to tow whales offshore, anchor with GPS and allow sharks to break them down has been presented to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly’s office. In the US sharks feeding on a 8.5m whale took about four days before it sank. Why not trial this? Signage does not cover the area that a great white will roam after being drawn to that carcass.
The Government’s Imminent Danger Policy is basically dangerous to the public as shown in the last attack at Cobblestones. At no time did the fisheries vessel on site try to capture the 3.5m GW staying in the area. Five days later a 3.5m GW tail slapped surfers at South Point.
The drumline trial is slowly moving to implementation after strong community presentations to the Government. The difference to NSW is startling; they have been proactive in reducing attacks, with tourism and increased ocean use returning. InWA it’s more reactive and therein lies the problem. We need a Government that has policies to make beaches safer not one that just talks about the problem.