Fisheries lays drum lines for shark off Mindarie again

Sea Shepherd monitoring the drum lines on Monday. Picture: Josh Tucker
Sea Shepherd monitoring the drum lines on Monday. Picture: Josh Tucker

THE Fisheries Department will reset drum lines off Mindarie this morning near the site of Sunday’s fatal shark attack.

Fisheries and marine officers are heading out to reset shark capture gear this morning near the site of a fatal shark incident that occurred 1km offshore from Mindarie marina late morning on June 5.

In a statement, the department said it had taken a cautious approach to the safety of water users given the unprecedented circumstances of two fatal shark bite incidents off Perth in the past week.

Iluka diver Doreen Collyer (60) died on June 5, two days after Ben Gerring (29) died as a result of injuries from a shark attack in Falcon on May 31.

While yesterday’s weather conditions meant it was unsafe to set capture gear, and continue the fishing operation the department reassessed the situation with the changed conditions on the water and will re-deploy gear this morning.

The Fisheries director general issued an order to deploy capture gear to fish for the shark, which is believed to be a large white shark.

The City of Wanneroo closed Mindarie beaches on Sunday, which remain closed today.

Authorities are advising people to stay out of the water, check the SharkSmart website for latest detection and sighting information, and asking anyone who sees a shark to report it by calling Water Police on 9442 8600.