Sharks

Sharks are an ancient species with some fossils dating back over 400 million years. They play a crucial role in the food chain and creating a healthy ocean environment. Sadly, due to culling and overfishing many species of shark face extinction.

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Shark attacks a tragedy but don’t deserve tabloid sensationalism

As a keen surfer, Pete knows that while every injury or death from a shark encounter is a tragedy, these events do not deserve the tabloid sensationalism they are given, and that when we enter the ocean, we choose to be in the shark’s habitat.

Our efforts to net, catch and cull sharks as a response does not have an impact on these encounters, and has led to the deaths of thousands of other ocean species. Only through using evidence-based approaches that help us understand shark (and human) behaviour, can we start to find ways forward that protect us and avoid needlessly killing marine animals.

We respectfully acknowledge the palawa people as the Traditional Owners and ongoing custodians of lutruwita/Tasmania, pay tribute to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and give respect to the Elders past, present and emerging.

Authorised by P. Whish-Wilson, The Australian Greens, 37 George St, Launceston Tas 7250.