Shark policy in Australia as an example of Green anti-Humanism
Newsletter published on 29 September 2016
policy in Australia as an example of Green anti-Humanism
(2) Ballina shark
attack; Eco barriers failed
(3) 17-year-old surfer, who once rejected shark
nets, is in hospital
after being bitten
(4) Shark attacks hurting surfing
business, north coast shop owner says
(5) Two rare Japanese stingrays killed;
Sea Shepherd calls Qld shark
nets "an indiscriminate killing machine"
South Africa shark attack; Greens lobby against shark nets
president not contacted by Government shark experts doing a
(8) Federal Minister open to potential shark cull
Abbott calls for shark nets, and a commercial shark fishery in
(10) Australian Fisheries Management Authority introduces Quota system
for Southern Shark Fishery
(11) Fishing industry battered by shark quota
(12) Call for overturning ban on killing Great Whites and easing
restrictions on Shark fishing
(1) Shark policy in Australia as an
example of Green anti-Humanism
Peter Myers, september 29, 2016
decades ago, it was common for Marxists to depict Marxism as a
Humanism, albeit one not based on a fixed 'human nature'. But
the Green Left
has overturned that, putting humans on the same level as
animals, and in
some cases on a higher level. Peter Singer, a Jewish
Marxist, is the
pre-eminent philosopher of the Green Left.
Factory farming of animals,
like clear-felling of forests, is an
extremist practice that has allowed
Greens to go to the opposite
extreme: veganism on one hand, and locking up
the forests on the other.
Australian governments installed shark nets on
the beaches of Sydney
(NSW), the Gold Coast (Qld) and Fremantle (WA). Drum
lines are also used
to bait and catch big sharks. Greens have been
campaigning for removal
of both protective measures.
have been that sharks are endangered, and that other
animals, eg dolphina
and turtles, are caught in the nets as an
Some decades ago, Greens, as a minority party using wedge
Parliament, got Labor Governments to set a Shark Quota, limiting
number of sharks that fishermen can catch. As a result, shark numbers
have been building up in Australian waters, and attacks have been
In addition they had Great Whites protected, making it a
crime to kill them.
Greens claim the moral high gropund, but as human
the public are waking up to the fact that they are
humans are killed or attacked by sharks, they are quick
to respond with
statements about dolphins being killed and sharks being
Journalists, being largely Greens themselves, have given them a
hand, not least by suppressing the term 'Shark Quota' from news
- thus servering the link between cause and effect.
same wedge tactics, Greens got compliant Governments to stack
Departments and Boards that regulate the fishing industry
Recently, Eco barriers that were supposedly a substutute for
have failed and Surfers have called for a shark cull. The Qld
has offered to extend its shark nets from the Gold Coast into
NSW; but the local Green mayor rejected them because but the mesh
'kills so many dolphins and turtles'.
Shark nets are installed on a
minute percentage of the world's beaches.
The volume of the oceans is so
great, and those protected coastlines so
small, that shark nets cannot have
much affect on the overall numbers of
turtles, dolphins, stingrays etc. The
real issue is whether it
acceptable to cause a few such unintended deaths
whilst saving human
lives. Greens say No.
(2) Ballina shark attack;
Eco barriers failed
shark attack: NSW Government committed millions to barriers not
By Nick Dole and staff
It has emerged the NSW
Government signed contracts worth more than $2.6
million for shark barriers
that were never installed, a day after a
teenaged surfer survived a shark
attack on the far north coast.
One of the barriers, worth $1.3 million,
was due to be installed at
Ballina's Lighthouse Beach, where 17-year-old
surfer Cooper Allen was
mauled by a shark on Monday.
The teenager is
still recovering in Lismore Base Hospital following the
attack in which he
was bitten on the upper-thigh.
However, attempts to install the barrier
were abandoned in August, due
to the weather and tidal conditions at the
Another barrier at nearby Lennox Head, valued at $1.33 million,
scrapped after the design was deemed inappropriate for the
The contracts, with suppliers Eco Shark Barrier and Global Marine
Enclosures, state they will provide "design, construction,
transportation, installation, maintenance and removal" of the shark
Opposition primary industries spokesman Mick Veitch called
Minister, Niall Blair, to explain the cost to taxpayers. ... Mr
said the Government should have known the eco-barriers were an
"If they'd spoken to the locals, they'd know
there was a great risk with
"[It's] because of
the tidal action of that part of the coastline and
Surfers call for shark cull on north coast
president Don Munro said the NSW Government was not
doing enough to protect
north coast surfers.
"We want drum lines in, we want the commercial
fisherman locally to be
given back their licence to manage and remove a
shark permanently," he said.
He said, while "wholesale slaughter" was not
the answer, but that there
should be some sort of local cull.
going to just continue to see more attacks and they'll end up,
weight of the percentages ... that we're going to have
A statement from Ballina Council said the Department of Primary
Industries had doubled aerial patrols and was deploying smart drumlines.
Queensland Premier offers to build shark
Queensland's Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has offered to help
the state's shark nets into Northern NSW in the wake of the attack.
Ballina Mayor David Wright said increasing surveillance was a
idea than the mesh used to protect Sydney and the Gold
"Because it kills so many dolphins and turtles, I just don't think
local community - Seabird Rescue and all those things - that they would
countenance it," he said.
"We know it's a risk if you go in the
water. There are other means, and
I think shark spotters or
(3) 17-year-old surfer, who once rejected shark nets, is in
after being bitten
shark attack: Teenage surfer bitten at Lighthouse Beach
26, 2016 21:55:35
A 17-year-old surfer, who once rejected the need for
shark nets, is in
hospital after being bitten on the upper-thigh while
Lighthouse Beach at Ballina, on the New South Wales far north
Richmond Police Inspector Nicole Bruce said the victim, named as
Allen, was attacked by a shark about 9:00am.
eco-barrier trial at Lighthouse Beach was scrapped in August due
(4) Shark attacks hurting surfing business, north coast
shop owner says
Samantha Turnbull and staff
Updated September 28, 2016 20:54:12
Ballina surf shop has cancelled an order for $70,000 worth of summer
following another shark attack on the New South Wales north coast,
Surfer Cooper Allen, 17, was mauled by a shark at Ballina's
Beach on Monday.
It was the fourth serious shark attack
along the one-kilometre stretch
of beach in less than two years.
teenager is still recovering from injuries to his upper thigh in the
Following the attack, Ballina surf shop owner Richard
an order of $70,000 worth of summer stock.
Beckers said people were not confident about going into the water and
it was having an effect on demand for surfing paraphernalia. [...]
coast residents 'always on edge'
Mr Beckers said the threat of shark
attacks is never far from his mind.
"For me, personally, I see an
ambulance roar past the shop and I think
shark attack straight away," he
"You're always on edge and worried about when the next shark attack
He said installing shark nets should be a
"People's confidence has been diminished with the failure of
barrier," he said.
"We need shark mesh nets to go in as
soon as possible to get people's
confidence back to go back in the
"I never used to be for shark nets, I love my sea life, but I
the only way at the moment. [...]
(5) Two rare Japanese
stingrays killed; Sea Shepherd calls Qld shark
nets "an indiscriminate
rare Japanese stingrays killed by Queensland's shark control program
By Matt Watson
Two rare Japanese Devilrays have been
killed by Queensland's shark
control program at Miami on the Gold
The rays, which can grow to a width of three metres, were found in
same net by members of the Sea Shepherd crew on Saturday.
International Union for Conservation for Nature (ICUN) lists the
species as near-threatened.
The Sea Shepherd's Natalie Banks said
Japanese Devilrays have rarely
been documented in
"According to the ICUN, there have only been two reported
Australian waters," she said.
"This is a gruesome
discovery of two rare mobula rays. A second Japanese
Ray caught and killed
in a shark net at Miami on the Gold Coast.
"It is clear one of the rays
was bitten by a shark, most likely as it
was drowning in the net or after it
"I am devastated that such a rare sighting of these rays
deaths in one shark net."
The Sea Shepherd
organisation has described Queensland's shark control
program as an
indiscriminate killing machine.
The program is responsible for killing
thousands of non-targeted
species, known as bycatch.
Ms Banks said
the Queensland Government should bring greater
transparency to its shark
control program by releasing photographs and
footage of all the animals
killed on nets and drum lines.
"The Gold Coast is a tourist mecca for
Queensland," Ms Banks said.
"We wonder if tourists would continue to come
to these beaches if they
knew the destruction and deaths of such magnificent
marine life is
occurring at the beaches they frequent and that these catches
attracting sharks to the area."
"The entrapment of such rare
marine life should trigger a review of the
use of shark nets and drum lines,
to see whether they should be removed
during certain times of the
Since 1962 approximately 50,000 sharks have been caught in the
Queensland Fisheries Minister Leanne Donaldson
said the government has a
duty to protect swimmers at popular
The entrapment of such rare marine life should trigger a
the use of shark nets and drum lines, to see whether they should
removed during certain times of the year - Natalie Banks
will not compromise on human safety," she said.
have recognised the vital role the shark control
program has played in
protecting human life at those beaches which
attract tourists from all over
the world and throughout the year.
"Since 1962, despite a big increase in
the number of people swimming at
those beaches, there has been only one
The Queensland Government is continuing to look at advances in
technology and improvements to the program to protect marine life, but
they must be thoroughly tested to ensure they keep people
Arrangements are in place for the Queensland Government to access
outcomes of the various trials currently being undertaken in New South
Ms Banks said beachgoers need to be protected, but the
develop a program that did not destroy precious marine
"Sea Shepherd has invited the Queensland Government to meet with
representatives from Cape Town's Shark Spotters program in March," she
"I am hopeful that a representative will attend on behalf of
Annastacia Palaszczuk, who has advised that she has other
(6) South Africa shark attack; Greens lobby against shark
attack: Is it safe to go back in South Africa's waters?
BBC News, Johannesburg
20 July 2015
coastline stretches over thousands of kilometres and is
beach-goers and surfers almost all year round.
But more and more reports
of shark attacks are making it into the news,
begging the question: "Are
South Africa's beaches safe?"
The footage of Australian surfer Mick
Fanning being attacked by a shark,
screened live at the weekend, has caused
both intrigue and some panic.
Mr Fanning, a three-time world champion,
was competing in the final of
the J-Bay Open, an international surfing
tournament in Jeffreys Bay in
the Eastern Cape, when he escaped an attack by
two identified sharks.
There has not been a shark attack in that area
since 2013, said a
national safety spokesman
Zig Zag Surfing magazine
editor Calvin Bradley witnessed the attack. He
said: "When his turn came I
saw the shark's fin appear from nowhere.
"Mick disappeared from where we
could see him. We were expecting the
worst when we saw that it was a
Mr Fanning said he managed to punch the shark in its back and was
rescued from the water by people on jet skis.
But experts say shark
attacks in South Africa are uncommon. [...]
To net or not to net?
The province of KwaZulu-Natal has introduced shark nets - large
placed several metres below the water to form of barrier between
and humans. [...]
Environmentalists say they can pose a danger
to the sharks - which
sometimes get trapped in the wires. They also require
(7) Surfer president not contacted by
Government shark experts doing a
great-white tagging program
president Don Munro ‘disgusted’ by CSIRO and DPI shark experts
The Australian August 26, 2015
The president of the Le-Ba
boardriders club on the NSW North Coast is
"devastated and disgusted" that
he has not been contacted by the two
shark experts in town to start a
great-white tagging program.
Don Munro, whose club is based in Ballina
and Lennox Head, where
frequent sightings and attacks have kept most surfers
out of the water
for more than a month, said the "shield" around the two
"very hard to penetrate".
He said the tagging program was
"not going to help our cause in the
The two experts are
Barry Bruce, of the CSIRO, and Vic Peddemors, of the
NSW Department of
The Australian phoned Dr Peddemors, but he directed
inquiries to his
department’s head office in Sydney. The DPI’s media
Dr Peddemors was "not available" for comment. Questions
emailed to Dr
Peddemors yesterday were not answered.
DPI-CSIRO tagging program began yesterday.
A report in the local Northern
Star newspaper said the intention was to
"tag all the great whites believed
to be roaming the North Coast".
The report quoted Dr Peddemors saying the
recent abundance of great
whites off the coast was a "temporary
Mr Munro said he had spoken to several professional
fishermen and "not
one of them is saying the sharks are not
Lennox Head commercial fisherman Paul Morrisey told The
month that great whites had been present off the North Coast
for the past two years. Mr Morrisey had not seen great whites
frequency in his 33 years working in the area.
said tagging the sharks was not going to stop them coming close
"I don’t need a university degree to know that (the sharks)
are not going
Information from the tags will be seen by researchers only, and
shared with beach-goers.
Mr Munro said he had been approached by
people offering methods to deter
sharks from beaches and surf breaks, which
were arguably more effective
than tagging, and he was enlisting lobbyists to
have the local ocean
users’ voices heard more clearly.
Mr Munro said
he was baffled by NSW Premier Mike Baird’s faith in the
"I don’t know how Baird can think this is a good thing," he
there’s another incident, it’s on their head."
Minister open to potential shark cull
September 28, 2016
Minister open to potential shark cull
Dobney & Darren Coyne
The federal environment minister says he is
open to proposals for drum
lines and a cull of great white sharks, including
on the NSW north coast.
‘I absolutely put human safety first and foremost
in my mind,’ Josh
Frydenberg told ABC TV on Wednesday, adding that federal
needed for a cull or drum lines because the sharks are a
His comments come following teenager Cooper Allen’s
shark bite while
surfing at Ballina’s Lighthouse Beach on Monday.
teen had previously told media he was opposed to culling and
Vice president of Australian Seabird Rescue and Ballina Shire
councillor, Keith Williams, has added his voice to the tide of opinion
against the idea of a shark cull or the introduction of shark
Shark nets are indiscriminate and could decimate local marine
if introduced said, Mr Williams.
White sharks are oceanic
and roam thousands of kilometres. The idea that
killing some sharks locally
might reduce the risk of attack is wishful
thinking, he said.
Frydenberg’s comments have been echoed by some in the north coast
community, including Le Ba Boardriders president Don Munro, who
this morning ‘selective control’ may be required.
Former prime Minister
Tony Abbott has led the call for a cull, telling
Radio 3AW yesterday that
‘if it’s a choice between people and animals,
I’m on the side of the people
‘I’m lucky to surf on Sydney beaches and beaches in Sydney,
and Wollongong (which) since the 1940s have been protected by
‘Now if it’s good enough for Sydney, Newcastle and
Wollongong, for the
life of me, I don’t know why it’s not good enough for
the north coast of
Mr Abbott also questioned why a commercial
shark fishery had not yet
been considered for the area. [...]
Tony Abbott calls for shark nets, and a commercial shark fishery in
Palazzo, SYDNEY ; 28 September 2016
Ashark attack on a 17-year-old surfer
on the Eastern Australian coast
has sparked calls for better protection in
an area known as "shark
alley", with the former prime minister questioning
why there are not
nets in the area.
Cooper Allen was attacked by a
shark, believed to be a great white,
while surfing at a beach off
Australia's east coast on Monday.
The shark bit his right hip and leg at
at Lighthouse Beach at Ballina,
near the border between New South Wales and
Queensland. Remarkably, the
teenager did not have to undergo surgery for his
wounds, but was given
A political row has emerged following
the attack over the lack of shark
protection in the area. Ballina is growing
a reputation as Australia's
"shark alley" and has seen six serious great
white attacks in the past
year, including one fatality.
the New South Wales premier, said that government would do
everything it can
"with the technology available" to curb the bloodshed,
but can't guarantee
"that people will be safe."
The premier called at emergency meeting at
Ballina on Wednesday to deal
with the situation after calls from former
prime minister Tony Abbott to
net the state’s shark-infested north coast
The former prime minister said that people’s lives were more
"I’m lucky to surf at Sydney beaches, and the
beaches in Sydney,
Newcastle and Wollongong since the 1940s have been
protected by mesh,"
Mr Abbott said. "If it’s good enough for Sydney,
Wollongong, I don’t know why it’s not good enough for the NSW
"I don’t know why we don’t have a commercial shark fishery
because, frankly, if it’s a choice between people and animals, I’m
the side of the people every time." [...]
Don Munro, president of
local surf club Le-Ba Boardriders, called for
the NSW Government to do more
to protect surfers in the area and
suggested a local cull could be carried
out, ABC News reported. "We want
drum lines in, we want the commercial
fisherman locally to be given back
their licence to manage and remove a
shark permanently," he said.
(10) Australian Fisheries Management
Authority introduces Quota system
for Southern Shark Fishery
VIC Country Hour Home
Shark quota too small - Gerard
A court decision yesterday could throw the whole of the
management system into disaray.The Administrative Appeals Tribunal
ordered the Australian Fisheries Management Authority to reconsider the
allocation of shark quota to a Lakes Entrance fisherman. In what could
lead to challenges to all quota allocations, the Tribunal found AFMA
didn't provide enough quota to one particular fisherman , Horst Fischer.
On January one 2001 the Australian Fisheries Management Authority known
as AFMA introduced a quota system for the Southern Shark Fishery. This
week that system has been thrown into chaos with a ruling by the
Administrative Appeals Tribunal ruling that in the case of shark
fisherman Mr Fischer his allocation of quota based on catch history was
unfair. The decision raises more questions than it answers. But If Mr
Fischers quota is unfair what of the other 196 shark permit holders and
does this mean that fishermen will be eligible for compensation? Lawyer
for Mr Fischer, David Fitzpatrick says the decision casts a giant shadow
over the whole industry and possibly other fisheries managed by AFMA.
Tom Davies is General Manager of the Lakes Entrance Fishermans
Co-operative and says a decision like this was bound to come sooner or
later given the manner in which AFMA had introduced the quota system.
But what of the effects on the shark fishing industry in the wake of the
decision? Les Rogers is General Manager of Fisheries with AFMA he says
the decision is focussed on Mr Fischers case only and that implications
for other fisheries will be minimal Claims that the fishery is now in
chaos, and will now be in for a period of disruption because of the
decision are being played down by AFMA who promise to act quickly to
bring stability to the sector.
(11) Fishing industry battered by
shark quota cut
industry battered by shark quota cut
Australian fishermen expect to lose up to a million dollars,
their school shark quota has been reduced.
AFMA says the national quota of 240 tonnes needs to be
cut by 30 per cent to
Victorian fisherman Russell Frost says that less than 30
years ago, just
five boats could account for that much school shark, but now
across four states.
"By the time you take that out of the
fish and chip business, that will
push the price of flake up to the general
public," he says.
"All our fisheries are just getting tighter and tighter
and tighter and
tighter, and in the end, they're going to push us out the
back door, I
(12) Call for overturning ban on killing Great
Whites and easing
restrictions on Shark fishing
shark attacks prompt calls for ban of killing great whites
A series of
shark attacks along Australia’s west coast - including the
mauling of a
big-wave surfer - has prompted authorities to consider
overturning a ban on
killing great whites and easing restrictions on
Jonathan Pearlman, Sydney
3:34PM BST 29 Aug 2012
The latest attack
occurred off a remote surfing spot named Red Bluff,
about 650 miles north of
Perth, where a 34-year-old surfer, Jonathan
Hines, was dragged to safety by
a fellow surfer after being bitten on
the abdomen. Mr Hines, who was also
bitten on the arm while trying to
fend off the shark, was flown to Perth and
is in a stable condition.
"From what I hear he had to fight it off and it
came back and had
another go and that’s when it got him on the arm," a local
instructor, Josh Palmateer, who was at the beach, told the PerthNow
website. "He’s a lucky boy."
The attack follows a string of shark
attacks along the west coast which
have led to the deaths of five people in
the past 12 months and
increased pressure on local authorities to try to
address the threat.
The cause of the growing number of attacks remains a
experts believe the shark numbers may be increasing and have
pointed out that more people are using the beaches. The state is at the
centre of Australia’s recent mining boom and has had the country’s
largest population growth, up by 14 per cent to more than 2.2 million
people in the past five years.
Federal authorities recently agreed to
review the protected status of
the great white shark after a recent request
by the West Australian
Tony Burke, the federal environment minister, said
assess the great white shark population to examine whether
recovered since the species was listed as protected in the late
Animal welfare groups believe the shark is vulnerable and have
government to preserve the ban.
However, the state’s
premier, Colin Barnett, said shark numbers had
risen and it was time to
consider measures such as allowing professional
fisherman to catch more
sharks or culling large great whites around
he noted that most of the attacks had occurred in remote
locations and that
popular beaches were closely monitored and remained safe.
"I think that’s
where we’ve got to give people absolute confidence: when
you swim on a beach
between the flags, you’re safe," he said. The
state’s opposition rejected
calls for a shark cull, saying authorities
should create more safe swimming
areas at beaches.