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Senate condemns WA shark deaths

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Rachel Siewert 14 May 2014

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.

"The Federal Environment Minister has determined an environmental assessment of the proposed extension of the cull be undertaken, but has delegated responsibility for the assessment back to the WA Government. It is a clear conflict of interest that the state is carrying out an assessment of its own shark cull proposal.

"The cull caught at least 110 sharks under 3 metres in length, despite the WA Government's commitment to mitigate the risk of this happening. Five short fin mako sharks were caught and four died during the cull. The mako is a migratory species supposedly protected by the Commonwealth.

"It is clear that over a three year period, the impact of this cull would be significant, and yet the WA Government are keen to push ahead.

"The Senate has supported my call for the Government to ensure that no further shark deaths occur and to end their support for this policy," Senator Siewert concluded.


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