Despite Pollard's testimony, officials quickly caught and killed two white sharks spotted near the site of the attack, arguing that tests from his surfboard proved it was a great white. Examinations of the sharks' stomach contents proved inconclusive.
But Barnett's comments are an indication of the kind of thinking that led to Western Australia's recent shark cull campaign, which targeted sharks with mile-long baited drum lines to protect swimmers and surfers. Widely hailed as unscientific, the country's EPA recommended a cancellation of the cull.
A 2013 report by Australia's Department of Sustainability, Environment and Water, Population and Communities noted that the great white shark "has been fully protected in Australia under Commonwealth and state legislation."
Additionally, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) lists the species under Appendix II, meaning that its trade is strictly regulated to prevent loss of the wild population.