Falcon shark attack: Department of Fisheries to consider continuing drum lines tomorrow

Falcon shark attack: Department of Fisheries to consider continuing drum lines tomorrow
Falcon shark attack: Department of Fisheries to consider continuing drum lines tomorrow

THE Department of Fisheries will assess tonight whether drum lines at SurfBreak Lookout will continue into tomorrow.

The Department set three drum lines into the water just after 7am this morning to catch the shark responsible for the attack on 29-year-old surfer Ben Gerring yesterday afternoon.

Mr Gerring remains in a critical condition at Royal Perth Hospital after losing his leg to the attack.

Department metropolitan region regional manager Tony Cappelluti said that as of 11am this morning, no shark had been caught.

“This morning following an order from the director general under the serious threat policy guidelines we set three drumlines at the location of the incident about 200m from shore,” he said.

“Under the Serious Threat Policy guidelines we have a number of options; it could extend into tomorrow but we’ll make those assessments this evening.

He said the decision was made to set the drum lines this morning instead of yesterday evening because of the conditions.

“The criteria for setting the drum lines is the safety of the crew and the conditions are taken into account,” he said.

“It was fairly late yesterday by the time we could have organised a vessel, sunset is not long after 6pm so the decision was made to set this morning.”

Surf Lifesaving WA reported a 3.5m shark at a beach in Dawesville earlier that day.

Mr Cappelluti said all appropriate measures were taken to alert the public.

“There was a sighting, and it went through the appropriate process,” he said.

“It went to all the response agencies in terms of actions if they were required.

“In this instance they weren’t required, it was 1.8km off the coast and it was posted onto Twitter and onto Shark Smart.

“It’s very hard for us to predict what’s going to happen, therefore the information that we have at hand is posted and if people want to use that information in their judgements about use of the water then they should go to those sites and make their own assessments.”