Greens Healthy Oceans spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has today announced a plan to invest in new technologies that can help reduce the risk of shark encounters without further damaging the marine environment.
Senator Whish-Wilson said, "The Greens have a plan to manage the risk of shark encounters and strike the right balance, in both public debate and policy, between the role of government and personal responsibility.
"One of the reasons that governments are not making good policy is due to a lack of knowledge about sharks in Australian waters.
"There is no evidence that lethal methods designed to kill sharks make ocean-goers safe. They are designed to provide a sense of security, real or false.
"The only way to eliminate the risk of people being bitten by sharks is to kill all of the sharks in the ocean. This would obviously be catastrophic to the health of our oceans, which are already under significant pressure from climate change, pollution and overfishing.
"The Greens would seek to end federal government exemptions for lethal shark mitigation measures and use the COAG Meeting of Environment Ministers to push for state governments to end lethal measures that are within their jurisdictions.
"The Greens would also put $50 million over ten years towards research and development of non-lethal shark mitigation measures including establishing a national sharks working group."
The Greens' plan will:
- End lethal shark control measures through a 'phase out' of shark nets and drum lines;
- Provide funding for public good science to better understand sharks, and the development of non-lethal technologies;
- Establish programs to better inform ocean-goers, including a national sharks working group.