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Senate condemns WA shark deaths

The Senate has condemned the unnecessary deaths of shark as a result of WA's cull, following the release of final kill statistics last week.

"The Senate has supported my motion condemning the deaths of the 68 sharks killed off WA's coast during the three month cull," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

"There is deep seated opposition to this cull, but the WA Government is pushing ahead with an unjustified proposal to extend it for three more years.

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Greens condemn final stats on shark drum lines

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson today called on the Federal Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt to reject WA's application to extend the shark cull program.

"The WA Government's attempts to justify this policy are utter nonsense- they have thrown science out the window," Senator Siewert said today.

"The Federal Government must reject the three year extension of the cull; it has no scientific credibility and is clearly nothing more than a PR exercise.

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Drum lines removed, but sharks still not safe

Australian Greens said they were pleased that today is the last day of the cruel and indiscriminate use of the drum lines along the Western Australian coast.

"The removal of the drum lines from WA's coast will mean that Australia's unique and vulnerable marine life will have a reprieve from the senseless slaughter that Premier Barnett's shark cull had caused" said Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson.

"This cull is deeply unpopular in WA, people know it is damaging to our marine life and want to see it ended.

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Shark cull response sends a clear message to Tony Abbott

The Australian Greens said today that Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt should take note of the large number of public submissions made to the EPA over the need to refer the extension of the drum line program for environmental assessment.

"This cull is deeply unpopular in WA, people know it is damaging to the environment and people are concerned about the prospect of it continuing for another three years," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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New evidence on climate change shows fish species are increasingly vulnerable

The Australian Greens said today that new research linking the increased presence of C02 in our oceans to changes in the behaviour of fish species shows the widespread threat of climate change to the marine environment, sustainable industries and food security.

"Reports today on the findings of a Australian Institute of Marine Science, James Cook University and the Georgia Institute of Technology study underscores the significant stresses that oceans are experiencing as a result of climate change," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Barnett attempts to extend brutal shark cull

The Australian Greens said today that WA Premier Colin Barnett was blatantly ignoring the people of WA by asking the Federal Government to approve a three year extension of his flawed shark cull policy.

"It is appalling that Premier Barnett would seek to extend WA's shark cull, despite its deep unpopularity and the environmental harm it is causing," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Marine protection & climate action needed to protect WA’s oceans

The Australian Greens said today that reports on extreme coral bleaching off the WA coast, coupled with the ongoing threat of warming oceans, shows the importance of marine protection and action to tackle climate change.

"Strong marine protection and management of marine parks is a crucial part of preparing for a warming climate, which is clearly already affecting our state's unique marine life," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Greens witness distressing shark cull off Perth's beaches

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has described the distressing scenes of sharks being caught and one being killed after spending this morning with Sea Shepherd observing Colin Barnett's brutal shark cull policy in action.

"During our time on the water, it was disappointing and distressing to see a large shark caught, shot, hauled onto the Department of Fisheries boat taken out to sea and dumped. We also saw two smaller sharks caught on drum lines," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Greens present 88,160 signature anti-cull petition to the Senate

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has today presented the Senate with a petition containing over 88,000 signatures of people opposing Colin Barnett's cruel shark cull.

"It is clear that there is huge opposition to the cruel Western Australian shark cull," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

"The fact that 88,160 people from around Australia and the world have signed this online petition shows how far and wide word of WA's cull has travelled, and how it disgusts people.

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