Greetings friends and family,
I am personally effected by the WA governments decision to catch and kill large sharks off the coast. As a marine scientist who has studied and worked extensively in our ocean playground, i believe this latest policy is only going to a) attract more large sharks to our coast and b) threaten the resilience of a species inadvertently controls an ecosystem which produces 75% of the oxygen we breathe.
The science is pretty simple, take out large predators from the ecosystem and you upset a balance which has been forged over 100's of million of years. We have seen the negative and irreversible effects of long line fishing in migratory areas such as the Galapagos islands and the devastating effects of commercial netting all around the world.
Now our very own government, which promised to be a world leader in marine research and establish the largest network of marine reserves in the world, has taken a complete backflip and refused to listen to public outcry or scientific data.
I have not remained quiet on this issue and have taken a few steps to voice my understandings. i am designing a website which provides real science behind our relationship with sharks throughout history. Today i am taking my voice a step further. I am calling for the resignation of Colin Barnett who has ignored public outcry and betrayed the trust of his electorate. There is no transparency in his apporach to politics and this is dangerous for the future of our country and its relationship with both the natural world and the international community!
i have set a reasonable target of 50 signatures to assist in this cause