Great white shark. Photo: David Stephens/Shutterstock
On Thursday, the government of Western Australia released a plan that will allow the killing of great white sharks that venture too close to people in the water. The government said it approved the measure because great white sharks killed five people off the region's coast within the last year.
"We will always put the lives and safety of beachgoers ahead of the shark," Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett told reporters. "This is, after all, a fish—let's keep it in perspective."
The government set aside $2 million (Australian) for tracking and hunting measures out of a $6.85 million plan meant to reduce shark attacks. Previous government hunts of the protected fish occurred only after a shark attack.