Posted by: The ocean update | February 1, 2014

Two sharks caught just hours after baited drumlines are set off metropolitan Perth (Australia)

The second of the two sharks caught this morning off Cottesloe in Perth, reportedly a 2.6m tiger that later returned to the sea. Picture: Colin Murty/The Australian

The second of the two sharks caught this morning off Cottesloe in Perth, reportedly a 2.6m tiger that later returned to the sea. Picture: Colin Murty/The Australian

January 31st, 2014. TWO sharks have been caught on Perth’s drum lines, which were deployed only hours ago to catch and kill big sharks off metropolitan beaches.

The first was a 1m tiger shark caught off Cottesloe, which was released by Fisheries Department officers because it was below the 3m catch limit. The second shark, a 2.6m tiger shark, was caught about 11.30am.

Surf Life Saving WA has advised swimmers at Cottesloe to exercise caution after the second shark was released 1km from shore by Fisheries officers.

This afternoon, the Department of Fisheries issued a statement, saying undersize and non-target species sharks would be released further out to sea.

It read: “The Department of Fisheries has advised that where practicable, it will release any non-targeted species that is still alive further out to sea, having due regard to not compromising the survival of the shark and of remaining within state waters.”

Fisheries officers set out from Fremantle early this morning to begin deploying drum lines and baited hooks 1km from shore.

Protesters including the “marine response unit” – a team of activists who say they are determined to stop the drum line operation – are now considering how they will respond.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren said the dropping of drum lines off popular Perth beaches this morning “goes completely against what the community wants and will be met with continuing resistance”.

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