Heartbreak as shark kills 17-year-old girl

Tammy Harvey
April 19, 2017

"We're not going down the path of a cull", Western Australia's Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly told ABC Perth Radio.

The fresh political row erupted after 17-year-old Mandurah girl Laeticia Brouwer was killed in an attack near Esperance on Monday.

Instead, Mr Kelly said he would focus on a policy of subsidising personal shark deterrents for surfers and divers - the groups the Government says are most at risk.

He said the government had scrapped the guidelines that determined whether risky sharks were hunted and was conducting a review of the serious shark threat policy.

He said the serious threat policy guidelines were being reviewed and he hoped to announce a new policy in the next few weeks.

However, the state government said it would not deploy drum lines following Ms Brouwer's death.

Mr McGowan said drones could be trialled at populated beaches but were no use at remote beaches where people surfed.

Laeticia is WA's third fatal shark victim in a year.

The shark has not yet been identified but the species is likely to be a great white, experts say.

Canning MP Andrew Hastie and Dawesville MP Zak Kikrup campaign for more shark barriers in 2016.

Australia ranks behind only the United States in the number of unprovoked shark encounters with humans past year, the International Shark Attack File of the University of Florida shows.

"The policy makers should be pragmatic, responsive and open-minded and to shut down one policy before even having a discussion is just stupid", he said. "Because there's no evidence that it actually makes our beaches safer".

"In light of the recent shark attack the Commonwealth would welcome any proposal to put human life first", the BBC quoted Frydenberg as saying.

Under the plan, 1000 devices such as Shark Shield would be available with a $200 state government subsidy.

"I would think it's a very unusual circumstance where the Premier on behalf of his government doesn't come out and address this issue and talk about what's been done", he said.

In May Ben Gerring, 29, died following an attack at Falcon Beach, near Mandurah, while a month later 60-year-old Doreen Collyer died after a great white attack in Mindarie, just north of Perth.

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