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Byron Shire
October 25, 2021

Frydenberg ‘talks crap’ on shark numbers survey

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‘‘Josh Frydenberg said that “Blind Freddy” could see that white shark numbers were increasing, but this report shows we what knew all along, that “Blind Freddy” Frydenberg talks bullshit,’ Greens spokesperson for healthy oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, said.

‘This CSIRO study into white shark population shows categorically that adult white shark numbers are not increasing, their numbers are stable or declining,’ the senator said.

‘What Frydenberg won’t highlight is that the overall population is a fraction of what it once was and the species still remains endangered across its entire range,’ he said.

‘I’m sick of the continuing charlatanism from Frydenberg over sharks.

‘It appears that it is too much to expect our environment minister to engage with this scientific study with any intellectual honesty and to use that information to guide genuine conservation measures.

‘Instead, Frydenberg has misrepresented this study to raise fears in the community and promote environmentally-destructive strategies that are shown to do nothing for public safety.

‘Culling, fixed-drum lines and mesh-nets designed to entangle and kill sharks, do enormous damage to our marine life and there is no evidence that these actions makes it safe for ocean-goers.

‘If Frydenberg was genuine about promoting public safety he’d stop promoting dangerous and unhelpful myths and adopt the range of recommendations put forward by the Senate inquiry into Shark Mitigation.

‘The federal government has dropped the ball on ocean safety and by failing to act on the Senate inquiry recommendations it is increasing the risks for surfers, swimmers and divers right around the country,’ he said.

 

 


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4 COMMENTS

  1. OH !, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson,
    You’ve made the classic mistake, of letting facts get in the way of a good populist, politically expedient porky. Where would Donald Trump be if he let facts get in the way of manipulation the mindless masses? …. and do remember ‘brute force and ignorance’ will always “Trump” truth and honesty.
    The very existence of these useless, barbaric symbols of stupidity is testimony to the power of
    fear-mongering ,misinformation on the gullible and greedy.
    Cheers , G”)

  2. Oh goody, can I come please?

    This planet absolutely loves these beings….

    The sharks live in the ocean. We live in houses… It’s a fact of life.

    I lived for many years in my younger days on North Narrabeen middle break beach front. Lucky me!

    Everyday I walked through a channel in front of the flat is lived. One afternoon the fella also living in the flat called me to the balcony to show me 10 sharks swimming, chasing fish through this channel I had walked through since I was a little girl. I did not get on the phone to council, ting the police. I walked on the sand. I did my own dilegence, accepting they were there swimming, living, feeding in their ocean home.

    It’s almost 30 years since I lived there. 5 years! What a gem of a habitat for a human.

    Have we become a race of spoiled children who expect everything to move because we are here, to accomodate us? It looks that way to me.

    Sharks live in the ocean. Accept it. Go home & have a bath.

  3. If we are to engage in this debate with any “intellectual honesty” at all then a good start is to admit that the current CSIRO Study has produce heat but precious little light.

    In their own words: “Revised estimates of total population size in the Eastern region were around 5,460 (with a range of 2,909-12,802).”

    Thats a mighty big margin for error. Ten thousand sharks.

    It also gives us zero information about whether the population is stable or increasing, especially since there was no viable estimate at the time of protection.

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