Drum­lines aid in de­ci­sions on sharks

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters -

In re­sponse to “Ac­tivists bid to halt drum lines” in last week’s Au­gusta-Mar­garet River Times. Knowl­edge is power. SMART drum­lines con­trib­ute to our un­der­stand­ing of shark be­hav­iour and move­ments by cap­tur­ing, tag­ging and re­leas­ing th­ese an­i­mals, and then fol­low­ing them as they move through the ocean.

By bet­ter un­der­stand­ing when and where sharks are, we can make more in­formed de­ci­sions about how we spend time in the ocean.

SMART (or dumb) drum­lines do not make us safer by cre­at­ing a bar­rier and catch­ing that one rogue shark that was dis­tracted by bait and thus ig­nored you.

And to that point, the Gov­ern­ment is to be com­mended for not spend­ing mil­lions of tax dol­lars on a net­work of SMART drum­lines up and down our coast.

Rather, the trial at Grace­town, where there have been a num­ber of tragedies, al­lows us to fo­cus on a key area and learn more about th­ese an­i­mals.

To make the most out of the Grace­town trial, the Gov­ern­ment should be satel­lite and acous­tic tag­ging as many an­i­mals as it cap­tures as pos­si­ble.

Thus we learn. And thus we sup­port re­silient oceans. Pro­fes­sor Jes­sica Meeuwig, Redgate

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