Queensland is reportedly looking to cull sharks and sharks in the Great Barrier Reef.
The state is reportedly planning to kill up to 100 sharks a day in a cull that has been dubbed the “Shark Kill”.
According to a report by the Queensland government’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the cull will be “a total of approximately 100 shark culls in five locations in the state”.
The cull is part of the Great White Shark Recovery program, which has seen more than 300 shark species recovered since it was launched in January.
The Great Barrier Seashore Marine Park Authority (GBMA) has reportedly told ABC News that there will be a cull of about 50 sharks a week from mid-May to late July.GBMA head of marine conservation and shark conservation David Sperling said the cull was being planned “out of an abundance of caution”.
“We will be culling, at least, the largest numbers of sharks,” he said.
“It’s not a quick process, and it’s going to be a very long process.”
The cull will target the large sharks which can be “biggest threats” to people and pets, as well as sharks that are considered to be “dangerous”.
“It will be targeting a variety of sharks, and will not be targeting all sharks,” Mr Sperly said.
He said the government had already culled “at least 500” sharks since the program started.ABC News has contacted the Queensland Government for comment.ABC reporter Rob Griffiths reports from Brisbane.
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