Scientist to inform on cull
A peaceful protest against drum lining for sharks is expected to attract a sizeable crowd at Meelup beach next Saturday.
The gathering is being held from 10am to tie in with a nationwide rally opposing the State Government’s catch-and-kill order.
One of the organisers, Margaret River ocean-lover Laura Bailey, said she could not support the policy on either public safety or environmental grounds.
“There is no scientific proof that culling will lead to a decrease in shark-human accidents, ” she said.
“Baited drum lines are also likely to attract large sharks closer inshore.”
Ms Bailey said drum lines were indiscriminate and destroyed non-target marine life including smaller sharks, large fish, dolphins and turtles.
“This is an apolitical, peaceful protest about moderation and balance, ” she said.
“Instead of the current extreme, hasty and destructive policy, we would like to see a reasoned strategy based on objective science.”
University of Western Australia Centre for Marine Futures director Professor Jessica Meeuwig and community engagement and Coastcare consultant Blair Darvill will address the Meelup rally.
Protesters are encouraged to wear blue and white and bring placards and banners to show their solidarity.
Co-organiser and Gypsea Warriors founder Rae Threnoworth said the gathering was a good opportunity for people to get informed.
“A lot of pro-cull people want some sort of action but they don’t realise the consequences that drum lines can have, ” she said.
“It’s a chance to listen to the facts from reputable people. Get informed, don’t just be opinionated.”
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