Sharks that pose an ‘imminent risk’ to be killed

Part of the shark found on Cottesloe groyne.
Part of the shark found on Cottesloe groyne.

It reached an agreement with the Commonwealth Government last week for fisheries vessels to be deployed, drum lines laid and sharks killed without having to seek permission first, if there was an ‘imminent threat’. Premier Colin Barnett said it would allow a quicker response to a threat or after an attack.

‘This approach strikes the necessary balance between protecting public safety and protecting our environment,’ Mr Barnett said.

‘The Federal and State governments will work together so that the State Government can take appropriate action to protect public safety when there is an imminent threat from a shark, as was the case in the recent attack in Esperance.’

Mr Barnett confirmed that the State Government had withdrawn its application for Commonwealth approval of the drum line shark hazard mitigation program after recommendations from the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority.

The announcement comes after evidence of a butchered shark was found at Cottesloe Beach on Saturday, October 18.

A fisheries spokeswoman said they could not tell what species of shark it was from the fins left on Cottesloe groyne, but experts believed it could be a hammerhead or whaler.