Thursday, 26 December 2013

Shark attacks: Western Australia pledges ‘more aggressive’ response

Government vows to hunt down large sharks that enter popular swimming areas following the death of surfer Chris Boyd

The Western Australian government has pledged a “faster, more aggressive” response to shark attacks, vowing to hunt down large sharks that enter popular swimming areas.

Shark “management zones” will be set up along the WA coast in a bid to reduce risks to people, following the recent death of surfer Chris Boyd in Margaret River – the eleventh fatal attack in WA waters in the past decade.

Baited drum lines, designed to attract sharks, will be strung up 1km from the shores of heavily used beaches to catch sharks more than three metres in length. The lines will be in place 24 hours a day, initially from January to April next year.

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