Helmut Nickel, Shark Year Magazine,
24. March 2014

The following tables show the reported catches made by drumlines in the state of Western Australia from the date of the first deployment in late January to 16. March 2014.

The latest catch data reveals that 111 specimens have been caught (110 elasmobranchs and one bony fish).

The Tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) has emerged as the predominant species with 105 individuals, of which 43 specimens were either found dead or destroyed because they measured over 3 metres in length.

Only four individuals of three other shark species appear in the catch statistics: Two Mako sharks (Isurus oxyrinchus), one Spinner shark (Carcharhinus brevipinna) and one Dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus). The Spinner shark was wrongly reported as a ‘Blacktip shark’ in the related ministerial media statement published about a month ago (see here).

But to date, not even one Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) has been caught.

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