Local surfers want killer shark destroyed


Local surfers want killer shark destroyed

5 September, 2011 10:29AM AWST

By Brooke Bannister

Surfers in WA’s South West have called for the shark that killed a 21 year-old man on Sunday to be destroyed.

The 21-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was killed when he was attacked by a shark just after midday at the popular Bone-yards break off Sugarloaf Rock in Bunker Bay, about 300 kilometres south of Perth.

Local surfer Gary Grierson lives in Dunsborough and says there is a great white shark spotting in the area every fortnight.

“We’ve been told that [the shark that killed the man] is an old female white pointer looking for easy prey,” he told ABC’s Geoff Hutchison.

Gary wants the Department of Fisheries to catch the killer shark and destroy it, “The shark’s got to be caught, that’s all there is to it.”

Keith Halan runs a surf school in Margaret River and says a large shark has been spotted in the area recently, “The [Department of Fisheries] has a duty of care to really do something here.”

Keith says the authorities need to be proactive, not reactive, when a shark is spotted in the area.

“These sharks are on the top of the food chain, a protected species, and are breeding in large numbers. I think it’s ridiculous that we’re allowing people to be taken here.”

Ed Edwards is a local surfer and a friend of the man killed at Bunker Bay on Sunday.

“We always talk about the sharks; it’s always in the back of our minds,” Ed told ABC’s Geoff Hutchison.

Ed says the man who was killed was a “bit of a greenie” but that he thought some sharks should be culled.

“I do recall him actually saying that these bigger sharks are a threat to our community and he would back [them being hunted].”

Sergeant Craig Anderson from Dunsborough Police says a search operation for the shark will continue but that it’s not policy within Western Australia for the animal to be destroyed.

“It’s a matter of the vessels and the aircraft doing what they can to herd the animal away from the area.”

Sergeant Anderson says the area is an aquatic playground and the public need to accept that sharks are in the area.

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