More than 30 sharks are thought to have been caught on drum
lines in West Australian waters, while some are being mauled
by larger prey, prompting the Greens to call for an end to
the controversial shark kill policy.
Bull, tiger and great white sharks longer than three metres
that are caught within one kilometre of parts of the WA coast
are being shot dead and discarded at sea.
The policy was implemented after federal Environment Minister
Greg Hunt granted an exemption so the protected great white
shark could be killed.
Greens Senator Rachel Siewert wants Mr Hunt to revoke the
exemption and will move a motion on Wednesday claiming the
state government is breaching conditions set by catching
She said at least 36 sharks had been caught since the drum
lines were set up, 32 of which were undersize.
The state government has not officially revealed the number
or type of sharks being caught.
"We don't know how many of these undersized sharks are dying
once they are released," Ms Siewert said.
"Reports of mauling by other sharks, along with the damage
done by the hook means that animals could be seriously
A spokesman for the WA Department of Premier and Cabinet
confirmed both the fishing contractor in the South West and
the Fisheries crews had reported "minor evidence" of bites on
sharks caught on the lines, which were probably from other
"These incidents are in a minority in the South West and only
one incident has been noted in the metro area," he said.
Meanwhile, drum lines were set off Yallingup and Gracetown,
in the state's South West, on Tuesday morning.
Previously, drum lines had been deployed only from
Dunsborough to Meelup Beach.
Gracetown is where Chris Boyd was fatally attacked in late
2013, which prompted the controversial shark kill policy.
It was the seventh attack in WA waters since August 2010, and
came only a month after abalone diver Greg Pickering was