Legal Challenge On The Great Barrier Reef Aims To End The Senseless Killing Of Sharks

Source: The Guardian/Ben Smee

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Environmentalists will on Wednesday launch a legal challenge aiming to stop the legal killing of sharks, including several protected species, in the world-heritage listed Great Barrier Reef marine park.

The Queensland government runs a shark control program that uses drum lines – baited hooks to lure and kill sharks – near popular swimming spots along the state’s coast.

More than 170 government drum lines, at 27 separate locations along the length of Great Barrier Reef, require authorisation from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). That authorisation is now subject to a legal challenge by the Humane Society International and the NSW Environmental Defender’s Office.

GBRMPA granted a renewed approval for the state’s shark control program in 2017.

The Humane Society International will argue in the administrative appeals tribunal that the approval of shark control measures is in conflict with the authority’s responsibility to protect the reef, citing evidence the drum lines continue to kill sharks, turtles and rays.

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