Lethal Culling of Sharks in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Ordered to Stop by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal


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It’s a big win for the sharks residing at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Australia’s Administrative Appeals Tribunal has decided to side with the Humane Society International, which ordered to the culling of sharks residing in the country’s barrier reef.

As per the Maritime-Executive, it was found out that apparently, killing sharks does not reduce the probability of an unprovoked attack with humans, and the tribunal found scientific evidence for these findings to be “overwhelming.”

The judgement laid down by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal includes killing the sharks by “gunshot,” as well as, ordering that the drumlines be managed more frequently, and within 24 hours preferably.

Moreover, the ruling also ordered that any sharks caught on the drumlines be released ALIVE, and shark species such as bull, tiger and great whites, must be tagged before being released off shore.

The Human Society International described this ruling as a massive victory for these marine animals and said in a statement, “Since the 1960s, sharks have been shot dead in the Great Barrier Reef. Today this has ended. This is a massive victory for sharks and marine wildlife,” as per Live Kindly.

The statement also thanked involved parties, and it further read, “Humane Society International is extremely grateful to have been represented in court by the Environmental Defenders Office NSW and barristers Saul Holt QC and Natasha Hammond and to the Shark Conservation Fund for their generous support.

New Preventative Measures to be Implemented

Of course, when revoking a preventative measure, you must implement an alternative solution. And that is what exactly the HSI and the Tribunal did, and proposed the implementation of smart drumlines, which identifies what animal or shark specie is caught.

Massive Effect on Shark Populations

The effect of these lethal measures has resulted in an obvious detrimental effect to shark populations.

As per the evidences presented at the Tribunal, the tiger shark has undergone a significant reduction in its total population in the Great Barrier Reef. The tiger shark, is the most frequently caught shark species by the lethal shark control program, and their numbers dropped by three quarters in the Queensland area.

But with the new measures in place, it is hoped that the species’ population rebounds.

HSI said, “[The ban] is going to save the lives of hundreds of sharks. The Tribunal has ordered a move away from a lethal shark control program to a system that protects bathers, sharks, and the Reef.”

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