WA shark "bite-off" survey

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A small whaler shark caught on a lure in Exmouth, WA. Image: Patrick Linehan

WA recreational fishers and charter operators are being asked to complete an online survey gauging their views and experiences of shark depredation when fishing.

An announcement was made by WA Fisheries Minister Peter Tinley earlier in the month for action to investigate shark depredation prevention strategies and give recreational fishers the chance to have their say on the issue.

Part of the study includes the online survey which is being run by the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development fisheries scientists.

WA recreational fishing peak body Recfishwest says, shark depredation or shark "bite-offs" are a major issue impacting on recreational anglers’ fishing experiences in the north of WA.

"We are pleased to see the highest authority in fisheries has acknowledged the problem and we have a starting point for moving forward with a project exploring solutions to bite-offs, along with a focus on surveying the views of rec fishers and charter boat operators," Recfishwest said on its website.

"Good data and science holds the key to the problem and will allow a proper investigation of all options including testing shark repellent devices adaptable to recfishing gear – also in the scope of this project."

The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete: CLICK HERE to take the survey.

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