Ac­tion needed on car­casses

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters - Keith Hal­nan, con­venor, SW Safe Shark Group

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.

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