Boxer Danny Green defends shark catch

WORLD boxing champion Danny Green has come out swinging after photos of a tiger shark he caught last week caused an uproar on facebook. 

Western Australia’s fisheries department says it is looking into the photos of the tiger shark the champion boxer caught in waters off Perth. According to a report in The Australian, Green said he intended to eat the shark, which some posters on facebook said appeared to be under sized.

Green says the shark was within legal limits, posting on his Facebook page: “G’day legends! For the record that shark was LEGAL size, regulation length between dorsal (and) back fins. Peace Greeny.”

Tony Cappelluti, WA Fisheries’ regional manager metro, said the department was assessing the pictures.

“The Department of Fisheries is aware of the tiger shark photographs and is making an assessment prior to any further investigation of the matter,” Mr Cappelluti said.

Fishing regulations in WA differ between regions, but near Perth a legal shark catch is one that is no larger than 700 millimetres from the front of the dorsal fin to the back of the rear dorsal fin – which implies a length of about 1.8m.

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