Argument over shark drum lines
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.