No Shark Cull Inc is urging the public to be particularly vigilant in the ocean for the next few weeks as the whale migration ends, attracting sharks looking for weak or sick animals. The advice comes just after the start of the recreational rock lobster season, which has been brought forward a month, on 15 October.
The recreational season joins the commercial fishery for rock lobster, which is now year-round, instead of being from November to June as it was in previous years. With over 200 boats operating an average of 150 cray pots this means that at any time an estimated 30,000 pots can be set in the water along the coastline; each pot having two bait cages that can hold about two kilograms of bait.
When visiting the South West recently, Chair for No Shark Cull Inc Natalie Banks was concerned with the location of cray pots and is requesting that the State Government ensures cray pots are not dropped next to surf breaks.
"Gracetown, which has been labeled the "epicentre" of shark incidents, has a number of cray pots located right next to two popular surf-breaks; North Point and South Point," Ms Banks said.