Premier Colin Barnett has just announced the Western Australian Government's plan to catch and kill sharks that come too close to WA's coastline. "Over a hundred year period there were 12 shark fatalities. Over the last 12 months there have been five" says Mr Barnett of WA's beaches, "Clearly something has changed".
What has changed is that we are now starting to see the long term affect of unsustainable commercial fishing practices. The dramatic decrease in world fish stocks is causing large, deep water pelagic sharks to search closer to shore where they are made vulnerable to attack and human stupidity. First we force them closer to shore as we rape them of their food source, then we hunt them because they are coming too close!
There are an estimated 100-200 million sharks taken from our oceans every year through the cruel and barbaric practice of shark fining. As sharks are generally slow growing, late to reach sexual maturity, and have very few pups; global shark populations are under extreme pressure.
Without healthy shark populations our ocean ecosystems face imbalance that could have devastating consequences for all life on Earth. Approximately 80% of the oxygen we breath comes from the base life forms in our oceans; phytoplankton. Sharks keep the populations of plankton-eaters in check.
Sharks rely on ambush and commonly feed at dawn and dusk. Having sought numerous interactions with large predatory sharks it is surprising to observe how they commonly try to avoid close contact. Contrary to media advertising of sharks as being characteristically aggressive, it is safe to say we have been misguided and understand very little about shark behavior and migratory patterns.
Rather than spending $6.85 million on a package aimed at "shark mitigation" strategies, We propose that the money be spent to increase our knowledge and understanding of these very important creatures so we may go about our marine-based activities with awareness rather than fear and hysteria.
"In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught." -Baba Dioum, Senegalese Conservationist.
We appeal to the Western Australian Government to teach us rather than wage a war against a creature we are not even close to understanding. We only fear that which we do not understand!
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By signing this petition you are showing your support to STOP the WA Government's $6.85 million "shark mitigation" strategies. These strategies include employing fisheries patrols to HUNT and KILL...
By signing this petition you are showing your support to STOP the WA Government's $6.85 million "shark mitigation" strategies. These strategies include employing fisheries patrols to HUNT and KILL SHARKS that come too close to shore. Rather lets see the WA Government spend those funds on research and conservation efforts so we can all understand, rather than fear sharks!