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Shark cull rejected by Western Australia Environmental Protection Authority
11th September, 2014
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Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority has recommended that the state’s controversial shark culling program not be extended, citing “a high degree of scientific uncertainty” about the impact of baited drumlines on the local great white shark population.

Under the WA government’s proposal – which followed a three-month trial earlier this year – more than 70 hooks would be strung about 1km off popular beaches in Perth and the state’s south-west each summer for the next three years.

The state government’s own environmental assessment estimated about 25 great whites, a protected species under state and commonwealth regulations, would be snared on the hooks.

But on Thursday the EPA chairman, Paul Vogel, said a CSIRO review of the government’s estimates “stated there remained too much uncertainty in the available information and evidence about the south-western white shark population, population trends and the bycatch from commercial fisheries”.

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