Tensions have flared again between Federal Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg, and the State’s fisheries Minister, Dave Kelly, disagreeing over the latest shark figures.
A CSIRO report has recorded the populations of great white sharks on Australia’s East and West Coasts.
The report detailed there are approximately 1460 sharks off WA’s coast, with no increase in the south-western population.
“It really debunks one of the myths out there and that is there’s been a significant increase in great whites off our coast. This report shows that there hasn’t been in fact increase in great white sharks,” Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly said.
However, Liberal’s Shadow Tourism Minister, Libby Mettam, said Minister Kelly has picked and chosen some very select statistics in order to feel comfortable about doing nothing for WA’s shark issue.
“We know that juvenile sharks, and sharks under 4m are still dangerous, and they weren’t actually included in these figures,” she says.
The introduction of personal shark deterrents by the Labor government saw 1,500 West Australians take up the subsidiary, with a 90% protection rate when engaging in close encounters with sharks.
Fisheries Minister, Dave Kelly, urges Minister Frydenberg to put their money where their mouth is and provide funding to assist more research and safety measures.
“To date he’s spent zero dollars in WA on shark mitigation – he’s given us lots of gratuitous advice but absolutely really no financial assistance,” He said.