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[Premier Colin Barnett wants rapid response shark squad this summer - perthnow.com.au ]

Premier Colin Barnett wants rapid response shark squad this summer - perthnow.com.au

18 Sep 2014

PERTH// Premier Colin Barnett has revealed he wants a rapid response shark squad in place for this summer. Mr Barnett said rules to deal with the imminent threat posed by sharks were “too cumbersome and too slow”.
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[Stop calling sharks 'maneaters' and 'deadly' - middevongazette.co.uk]

Stop calling sharks 'maneaters' and 'deadly' - middevongazette.co.uk

18 Sep 2014

DEVON// ...yes, some shark species do cause fatalities but it is very rare and attacks are primarily considered cases of mistaken identity. Scaremongering will not help this beautiful species to thrive, but will instead fuel the fire of fear about these creatures which date back millions of years.
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[No, Jaws is not lurking off the Cornish coast - newscientist.com]

No, Jaws is not lurking off the Cornish coast - newscientist.com

17 Sep 2014

USA// Another shadowy image of something big swimming off the coast of the UK, another round of misguided man-eating shark speculation. When it comes to sharks, everyone thinks they are an expert. Unfortunately, although not unexpectedly, this results in a great deal of misinformation.
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[Shark skin design puts bite on bugs - Yahoo News]

Shark skin design puts bite on bugs - Yahoo News

17 Sep 2014

USA// Roughing up surfaces with microscopic bumps so they resemble shark skin can prevent them harbouring bugs, according to scientists.
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[KZN shark board to test protection cable - News24]

KZN shark board to test protection cable - News24

17 Sep 2014

JOHANNESBURG// The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board (KZNSB) will begin testing an electronic shark repellent cable next month in an attempt to prevent future shark attacks.
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[Cornish White Shark press claim - too hasty]

Cornish White Shark press claim - too hasty

15 Sep 2014

PLYMOUTH// The Shark Trust is immensely disappointed that some national papers went to print today with scare stories claiming a White Shark was spotted off the Cornish coast.
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[No drum lines in WA but sharks could still be killed - WA today]

No drum lines in WA but sharks could still be killed - WA today

15 Sep 2014

WEST AUSTRALIA// The West Australian government may not plan on carrying out its drum line program across West Australian beaches but it appears likely that killing sharks will still be on its agenda.The state government's imminent threat policy allows for specific sharks judged as posing an imminent threat to be killed.
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[First ban on shark and manta ray trade comes into force - bbc.co.uk]

First ban on shark and manta ray trade comes into force - bbc.co.uk

15 Sep 2014

GLOBAL// Trade in five named species of sharks - as well as mantas - is to be regulated from now on, as CITES regulations come into force. Without a permit confirming that these sharks have been harvested legally and sustainably, the sale of their meat or fins will be banned.
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[How the tuna we buy is killing sharks in Indonesia - The Guardian]

How the tuna we buy is killing sharks in Indonesia - The Guardian

15 Sep 2014

INDONESIA// Indonesia reports landings of around 109,000 tonnes of shark per year, making it the world’s No. 1 shark fishing nation. The country’s tuna industry is largely responsible for driving this, with Indonesia the world’s number one producer of tuna - most of which is destined for consumers in Europe, America and Japan, few of whom realise they’re implicated in the killing of sharks on a massive scale.
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[Shark cull rejected by Western Australia Environmental Protection Authority - The Guardian]

Shark cull rejected by Western Australia Environmental Protection Authority - The Guardian

11 Sep 2014

AUSTRALIA// Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority has recommended that the state’s controversial shark culling program not be extended because there is too much uncertainty about its impact on White Sharks. Image © Maria Munn.
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