Ar­gu­ment over shark drum lines

North Coast Weekender - - Front Page - Blair Jack­son & AAP

THE State Gov­ern­ment is re­sist­ing a Fed­eral pro­posal for 176 elec­tronic drum lines to be in­stalled along 260km of the WA coast­line.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment wants the State to pay for the six-month, $7 mil­lion trial.

The 176 SMART (shark man­age­ment alert in real time) non-lethal drum lines will be de­ployed and mon­i­tored from Quinns Rocks to Man­durah and from Bun­bury to Prev­elly in the south­west, Fed­eral En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Josh Fry­den­berg said on Wed­nes­day.

“The cost of the de­ploy­ment of the SMART drum­lines would be borne by the WA Gov­ern­ment as shark man­age­ment is the pri­mary responsibility of state gov­ern­ments,” Mr Fry­den­berg said.

State Fish­eries Min­is­ter Dave Kelly is wary of the plan.

“Mr Fry­den­berg has given us the cost for six months, he’s not said when that will be,” Mr Kelly told 6PR.

“He’s ask­ing us to spend mil­lions of dol­lars on a pro­gram that has not been sci­en­tif­i­cally as­sessed.”

“We would like to see some sci­en­tific re­search to show that this would ac­tu­ally make our beaches safer. ”

Mr Kelly said the trial would most likely take place dur­ing the busy ‘swim­ming sea­son’ sum­mer months, but most of the at­tacks had been on divers and surfers dur­ing win­ter.

The six-month shark line trial will cost $7m.

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