Fisheries minister Dave Kelly warns shark poachers after grisly find

The remains of one of the tiger sharks. Photo: Dave Kelly/Twitter
The remains of one of the tiger sharks. Photo: Dave Kelly/Twitter

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.”