Department of Fisheries, Western Australia
16. February 2018
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- Long-lasting internal tags have been inserted into 16 white sharks off Esperance
- The tags can be detected on WA’s 27 satellite-linked shark monitoring receivers
- More than 860 sharks including 258 white sharks have now been tagged
An expert team from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has just completed an operation off Esperance to tag white sharks at the request of the community.
A total of 11 female and five male white sharks were tagged across a total of 25 days in November and December last year and this month. Tagging occurred at a range of locations near Esperance including Alexander Point, Salisbury Island, Daw Island, Israelite Bay, Cape Pasley, Middle Island and Cape Arid.
All 16 white sharks can now be detected if they swim within range of one of Western Australia’s 27 satellite-link shark monitoring receivers. None of the tagged sharks have so far been detected by the Shark Monitoring Network.
A beached whale carcass at Alexander Point attracted sharks into the area, enabling the team to tag 12 white sharks at that location and a further four at Salisbury Island. These sharks are from the southern-western population that extends from Victoria, along the South Australian coast as well as WA’s south and west coasts.
White sharks are known to be highly mobile and travel long distances, and events such as a whale carcass stranding provide a significant attractant to white and other sharks.
The 16 white sharks ranged in size from 2.8 metres to 4.6 metres in length.
Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly:
“Tagging operations are an important part of the McGowan Government’s multi-faceted shark mitigation strategy to help keep Western Australians safe at the beach.
“Seventeen sharks, including 15 white sharks were tagged during 2017 and a further four white sharks were tagged this month.
“This is a significant increase on the eight sharks tagged in 2016, of which just three were white sharks.
“When a tagged shark swims within 500 metres of a Shark Monitoring Network receiver, an alert is posted on SharkSmart.com.au and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed almost instantly, allowing beach authorities to close beaches where necessary.
“Beachgoers are encouraged to check the activity map on SharkSmart.com.au before heading to the beach to ensure they are informed of the latest shark detections and sightings in their area.”
Source: Government of Western Australia
Helmut Nickel (mail), Shark Year Magazine,
01. January 2018
In 2016, a total of 85 specimens were killed in the fishing program for shark hazard mitigation off the western coast of Reunion Island – 49 of them were bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) and 36 were tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier). The details on each specimen are provided in Table 1. below.
The catch numbers have almost doubled in comparison to the 47 specimens wich were landed in the previous year (see 2015 summary here).
A 4,40 metres long tiger shark was the biggest specimen in the 2016 season. The catch of the female tiger occurred in Saint Paul Bay in late March.
The biggest bull shark, which measured 3,10 metres in length, was also caught in the waters of Saint Paul Bay in early August.
Only a minority (20%) of the shark catches consisted of relatively small specimens, with a body length of under 2,50 metres (see fig.2).
November turned out to be the most productive month with 13 captures (8 tiger and 5 bull sharks), while the lowest catch rate was recorded in May (1 bull shark).
Réunion Island – Shark Incidents in 2016
Only the following non-fatal shark incident was reported in 2016 (see also here):
Date: 27. August 2016
Location: Boucan Canot Beach
Victim: Male (21)
Injuries: Bitten on left arm, right foot severed
Involved shark: Unknown
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
The Honourable Mark Furner
December 13, 2017
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Statement from Minister for Fisheries regarding Shark Control
The Palaszsczuk Government remains steadfast in our support for the Shark Control Program.
It has undoubtedly saved lives.
That’s why it will continue.
While we continue to monitor emerging technology, the safety of swimmers is paramount.
In the last 55 years only one person has lost their life to a shark at a protected Queensland beach. That is one too many but sadly, no measures are foolproof.
Our submission to the Senate inquiry made it absolutely clear that the safety of humans is the priority and that any moves to remove the protections on our beaches will place lives at risk.
Eighty-five of Queensland’s most popular beaches are protected by nets or drumlines in a program that has been supported by successive governments since 1962.
Source: The State of Queensland
New Zealand Police
Sunday, 17 December 2017
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Police responded to a reports of what was thought to be a shark attack at Riversdale Beach, Wairarapa at 1.07pm today. After reaching the scene police are now able to confirm that this was a stingray attack, not a shark.
The man is in a moderate condition with an injury to his lower leg.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called and the patient has been taken to hospital.
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