WA Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly has issued a warning to poachers after the remains of three tiger sharks were found near Port Beach in North Fremantle yesterday.
Mr Kelly posted three graphic images of the sharks to Twitter, along with a warning for those who caught them.
All three sharks had had their jaws removed.
Tiger sharks with an “interdorsal fin length of 70 centimetres” are protected in WA.
A fine of $5000 may be imposed.
Mr Kelly said he had asked Fisheries to investigate the matter.
“This illegal fishing activity is very concerning,” he said.
“I’m also disturbed the offender discarded the remains on a beach close to a swimming area.
“The fishing activity appears to have been targeted to attract large sharks and therefore fishers should be mindful of the concerns and safety of other water users.
“I’m concerned that fishing for large sharks on popular beaches could be attracting sharks closer to swimming areas.”
I’m urging fishers to be mindful of the safety of other water users after three large tiger sharks were illegally caught, mutilated & dumped on a Perth swimming beach yesterday. All sharks had their jaws removed. I’ve asked Fisheries to fully investigate the matter. #perthnews pic.twitter.com/gB2fXVrKvl
— Dave Kelly (@Davekellymp) January 31, 2018