Hefty fine for killing great white shark in Australia
SYDNEY (AFP) - An Australian man has been fined Aus $18,000 (S$20,611) for killing a juvenile great white shark by ramming it with his boat then beating it to death with a metal pole, officials said on Thursday.
Great whites are a protected species in Australia and it is illegal to catch, keep, buy, sell, possess or harm them.
The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries took action against the man, identified in media reports as Justin Clark, 40, after witnesses told fisheries officers he used his boat to herd the shark into shallow water in Sussex Inlet, south of Sydney, in January 2012.
Wollongong Local Court heard that he deliberately used his boat to ram the shark several times, with its main injuries caused by the propeller.