Australia shark attacks spark government kill orders
SYDNEY (AFP) - Sharks that stray too close to beaches on Australia's west coast will be caught and killed under a new government plan in response to an unprecedented spate of fatalities.
Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett unveiled a A$6.85 million (S$8.73 million) package in shark mitigation strategies, including a track, catch and destroy programme, in the wake of five fatal attacks over the past year.
Fisheries Minister Norman Moore said the move would enable "proactive action" as soon as a shark was detected close to beachgoers instead of waiting for the animal to strike.
"Previously the orders were used in response to an attack, but now proactive action will be taken if a large white shark presents imminent threat to people," said Mr Moore.