Barrier Reef drum line sharks must be released: Tribunal

Sharks caught on drum lines on the Grear Barrier Reef are free to swim, according to a tribunal ruling this week.

A CONSERVATION group has won a legal bid to end the killing of sharks caught on drum lines inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park off Queensland.

According to an article on the ABC website, the decision has come after Humane Society International (HSI) earlier this year launched a challenge to the shark control program run by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Earlier this week, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal ordered that the department could no longer shoot dead 19 species in protected areas between central and north Queensland.

However, State Agriculture Minister Mark Furner has told Parliament the Government would appeal against the ruling.

The written judgment, by tribunal deputy president Ian Hanger and senior member Adria Poljak, declared that any sharks captured alive must be released, and that killing the animal was only allowed on “welfare grounds”.

You can read the full  story HERE.

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