EPA recommends Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line proposal should not be implemented

Great white shark in a school of fishThe Environmental Protection Authority has today announced it has recommended the Western Australian Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line Program 2014-2017 proposal should not be implemented.

The proposal, by the Director General, Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) on behalf of the State of Western Australia, involves the deployment of temporary and static drum lines within marine monitored areas between 15 November and 30 April each year for a period of three years, commencing 15 November 2014 and ceasing 30 April 2017. The proposal also includes the temporary deployment of drum lines in response to an identified shark threat or incident anywhere in State waters at any time of the year until 30 April 2017.

Following rigorous examination of the proposal, Chairman Dr Paul Vogel said there remains a high degree of scientific uncertainty about impacts on the viability of the south-western white shark population.

“At this stage, the available information and evidence does not provide the EPA with a high level of confidence. In view of these uncertainties, the EPA has adopted a cautious approach by recommending against the proposal,” Dr Vogel said.

View the complete media statement here.

Go to EPA Report 1527 Western Australian Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line Program 2014-2017 here.

Related information (also included in Appendix 6 of the EPA's report)

DPC Response to submissions, August 2014 (pdf 1.19 Mb)

CSIRO Peer Review Report, July 2014 (pdf 227 kb)

CSIRO Peer Review Close Out Report, August 2014 (pdf 153 kb)

CSIRO answers to questions from EPA/OEPA to Peer Reviewer (pdf 55.3 kb)

This proposal is also being assessed under a bilateral agreement with the Commonwealth. This means both State and Federal Ministers for the Environment will make a decision under their respective legislations. Both Ministers will need to give approval for the proposal to proceed.

The EPA’s report to the Minister for Environment is now open for a two-week public appeal period. Appeals close September 25, 2014 and can be made at www.appealsconvenor.wa.gov.au

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