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Senate calls for protection of great whites

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 12 Dec 2013

The Senate has backed an Australian Greens motion calling on the Federal Government to increase shark research and maintain protections for Great Whites in the face of culling threats from Western Australia.

"I welcome the Senate's decision to back my motion. This sends a clear message to the WA and Federal Governments that now is not the time for knee-jerk policy making that will have a potentially significant impact on sharks and our wider marine environment," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

"In addition to ongoing protection of the great white under the EPBC Act, the Senate is also calling on the Federal Government to support WA in increasing shark research, including radio tags, rather than pursuing policies of culling.

"If the numbers of sharks in an area is changing, it's important we look at why this is occurring and how any threats that exist can be mitigated.

"Research is vital understand changes to numbers or to behaviour, as is the examination of issues such as ocean warming, which we know is capable of changing our marine environment and the distribution of marine life.

"Drum lines, demersal gill nets and other catch and kill policies will serve only to reduce the numbers of the already vulnerable great white and affect other species in the process.

"I encourage the Federal and State Governments to work together on improving our understanding of sharks and the changes our oceans are experiencing," Senator Siewert concluded.


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