Western Australia to Kill Sharks

Plan draws conservationist ire

Adam Roy

Officials in Western Australia yesterday announced a plan to kill sharks that approach beachgoers in the water, drawing the ire of conservationists. The new plan is part of a $7.2 million “shark mitigation” program that will fund a new service to catch and kill sharks that come near swimmers, studies of shark enclosures at beaches, a GPS tracking program, and more jet skis for lifeguards. “We will always put the lives and safety of beachgoers ahead of the shark,” Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Thursday. “This is, after all, a fish—let’s keep it in perspective.”