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Sea Life fury over plans to cull big sharks

A shark at the Sea Life Centre, Blackpool.

A shark at the Sea Life Centre, Blackpool.

Staff at Blackpool Sea Life Centre are appealing for help to prevent the culling of endangered sharks on the other side of the world.

The Government of Western Australia has announced a multi-million dollar plan to cull sharks, including Great Whites, in a bid to improve safety for bathers.

The plan to set baited hooks off beaches around Perth is a response to seven fatal shark attacks in three years, but it has sparked outrage.

Sea Life Centre shark expert Scott Blacker described it as outrageous and a “complete folly”.

“Quite apart from the fact that many shark species are already on the brink of extinction due to overfishing and decades of persecution, the proposed solution to Perth’s shark-attack problem is more likely to exacerbate than to solve it,” he added. “They want to attach lines and baited hooks to drums a mile off-shore and pay commercial fishermen to patrol them and kill any captured shark over three metres long.

Mr Blacker argues that anything hooked is likely to attract larger predators and potentially bring more sharks closer to shore than were there in the first place.

The plans have sparked protest within Australia.

Mr Blacker is asking anyone who shares their views to register their opposition on the online site at: 
www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/the-western-australian-government-call-off-plan-to-cull-sharks-near-wa-beaches.

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