The 'Shark mitigation and deterrent measures' Senate Inquiry (2017), found substantial evidence that Mesh Nets and Drumlines used by the Queensland Shark Control Program and NSW Shark Meshing and Bather Protection Program to Cull sharks - do not make any impact on safety, negatively impact the marine Ecosystem, and provide beach goers with a false sense of security - and recommended they cease in favour of modern non-lethal technologies.
The Australian Governments utilize shark control programs that were first established in the 1930s. Baited drum lines and shark nets are vain attempts to protect swimmers and surfers. These tactics are out-dated, proven to be ineffective, and an overhaul is long overdue. "Envoy: Cull" is a feature-length documentary which follows some of the biggest names in ocean conservation, such as Sea Shepherd, Ocean Ramsey, and Madison Stewart. Experts are filmed as they explore and expose this scarcely understood topic. The film also showcases the importance of sharks in our oceans while uncovering the longest marine cull in history.
This film will also discuss the following topics:
More advanced, ecologically suitable, and effective shark mitigation technologies available today
The historical failings of other states and countries
How you can help stop the cull
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Additional Information: (via Envoy Film)
In Hawaii over 4,500 sharks were culled over nearly two decades. After an evaluation demonstrated that the cull did not impact the number of swimmer fatalities, the program was quickly abandoned in favour of non-lethal measures.
Culling sharks has been literally proven [in a court of law] to be ineffective. The outcome of Humane Society International (Australia) Inc vs Department of Agriculture & Fisheries (Qld) AATA Case proved overwhelmingly that mesh nets and drumlines used by these programs does not make any impact on safety, negatively impacts on the marine ecosystem, and provides beach-goers with a false sense of security.
In assessing Queensland Shark Control Program catch data, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, we have found 500+ cases of Ocean inhabitants (marine life), caught on baited drumlines and nets, that have then been predated on by a large shark. This action is literally bringing larger sharks closer to shore & those swimming in the nearby waters - which is the exact opposite of what the government claims should be the result.
Read more at: https://www.envoyfilm.com.au/the-facts
July 18, 2014 - a six-month old dolphin (dubbed "Kyra") was playing too close to the drumlines. There is speculation that her mother might have been going after the bait on the hook. Oblivious to the danger, the baby was hooked through the belly. The sharp end pierced her long, causing excessive damage and an inability to surface on her own. In this video you can see her mother constantly pushing her youngster to the surface to breathe. During the struggle, Kyra permanently damaged one of her eyes (causing it to be blind).
In the wild, dolphins spend several years with their mothers, learning everything they need to know. SeaWorld rescued Kyra and placed her into emergency surgery - she survived. There is no plan to release her. Little did her mother know - it would be the last time she would ever see her daughter. Kyra recovered from the incident (though blind in one eye) and continues to live in a tank [captivity]. The status of captive living dolphins can be referenced here (where you can see Kyra's rescue date and her status): https://www.cetabase.org/captive/cetacean/sea-world-gold-coast
While some people might say being alive and living in a tank is better than death - The Dolphin Project (lead by Ric O'Barry) has proven that sanctuaries are far more ideal and effective in regards to caring for and rehabbing dolphins AND releasing them back into the wild whenever possible.
From The Dolphin Project:
It is often believed that captive dolphins and whales, particularly those born into captivity, can never successfully be reintroduced to their natural habitat. Ric O’Barry has pioneered
re-adaptation for captive dolphins and demonstrated that it is possible for captive dolphins to survive and thrive in the wild when given the proper circumstances to learn to do so.
Read more about this here: https://www.dolphinproject.com/campaigns/dolphin-sanctuary-project/