If the report Queensland Shark Control Program catch statistics for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is to be believed, 286 sharks were captured between June 2020 and July 2021, of which only 57 sharks were released alive. The report does not specify or account for the animals caught and killed as bycatch.
Joining me on this podcast is Andre Borell, who directs the documentary film Envoy Shark Cull. The film shines a much-needed light on the outdated and antiquated shark control methods deployed in QLD and NSW, that have not changed in methodology since being introduced in 1936. I was shocked and devastated to learn about this brutal culling program (also discussed with Jonathan Clark on S01 E15) that is not backed by science and urgently needs to be replaced with modern and non-lethal alternatives.
It's essential viewing: hard-hitting, heavily researched and brutally honest; culminating in a unified voice for the animals of the Pacific Ocean. It's a privilege to have Andre on the show.
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