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Political war over shark attacks risking lives

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 16/05/2018 9NEWS

The Federal Government has launched a war of words on the WA Government saying the state is not doing enough to protect the public from shark attacks.

Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said it’s time the government fulfilled its responsibility, and smart drumlines would be a good start.

a small boat in a body of water: Smart drum lines use baited hooks. (9NEWS) © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Smart drum lines use baited hooks. (9NEWS)

There are smart drumlines trialled in New South Wales and since starting that trial the Federal Government said in 2016 there was eight shark interactions in NSW compared to 16 before the trial began.

Over 12 months of drumlines helped tag 235 sharks with a 99 percent survival rate.

WA Fisheries Minister David Kelly said he is extremely disappointed the Federal Minister hasn’t reached out to him to discuss drumlines.

“He’s never once sought to discuss the shark situation here in WA directly with the West Australian government – instead, every few weeks he yells at us from across the Nullarbor with some free advice,” he said.

a fish swimming under water: The Federal Government has accused the state government of not doing enough to prevent shark attacks. (9NEWS) © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd The Federal Government has accused the state government of not doing enough to prevent shark attacks. (9NEWS)

The state government says it will still watch the east coast drumline trial but will wait for it to be complete before deciding whether or not it will be appropriate for WA.


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