Alert issued as photos emerge of large bull shark caught in Swan River, days after Stella Berry’s death
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Authorities say they’re working to substantiate studies a big shark has been caught and launched by a member of the general public within the Swan River, close to the scene of a deadly assault that killed Perth teenager Stella Berry.
- Authorities have confirmed a shark of as much as three metres was seen close to the place Ms Berry was attacked
- Images puporting to point out a big bull shark caught close by are but to be verified
- A shark alert has been issued
Ms Berry, 16, died after being bitten by what was believed to have been a bull shark on Saturday afternoon, in what was the primary deadly shark assault within the river in 100 years.
Surf Life Saving WA reported a member of the general public caught and launched a 2.5-metre bull shark at 11:00pm on Wednesday on the East Fremantle boat ramp.
The boat ramp is lower than a kilometre from the place Ms Berry was attacked.
The catch was reported to authorities this morning.
In photos posted to social media, a younger fisherman claims to have caught the shark on the boat ramp a couple of kilometre north of the place Ms Berry was attacked.
A shark alert has now been issued for swimmers in North Fremantle after the confirmed sighting of a bull shark — reported to be as much as 3 metres in size — within the space.
A Division of Major Industries and Regional Growth spokesperson stated it was “seeking to comply with up with the one that made the publish right now.”
The Division additionally deployed a patrol vessel to the East Fremantle space, which is able to proceed patrols all through the day.
‘Pressing’ consideration of shark nets
Premier Mark McGowan stated his authorities was “urgently” contemplating inserting shark limitations within the Swan River within the wake of Ms Berry’s loss of life.
Mr McGowan stated a full overview into the “terribly unlucky, tragic” assault was underway, and the federal government was additionally whether or not limitations could possibly be put in alongside the river “instantly”.
“We all know there’s bull sharks within the river, there at all times has been … and it is a very uncommon occasion for somebody to be attacked,” he stated.
“However no matter security mechanisms, significantly these enclosures that give individuals peace of thoughts, we’re these as to the place we’d place one.
“As a result of what it does is present households, significantly these with younger youngsters, some peace of thoughts, a bit just like the one at Cottesloe or the one at Cockburn or a few of the others up and down the coast.
“The danger of an assault is extremely low, however I do know lots of people would respect that so we’re simply what choices are on the market for the time being.”
Shark fishing issues
Shark Security WA coordinator Leon Deschamps stated shark fishing was harmful behaviour in populated areas, because it elevated the chance of a shark assault.
“Sharks aren’t senseless killing machines by any means,” he stated.
“However if you’re intentionally getting down to goal a feeding shark, to herald a shark that’s hungry, then that is one thing which we do not need.”
The ABC has sighted an image uploaded to the social media app Snapchat on Saturday night time within the hours after Ms Berry’s loss of life.
The image, printed by an unknown individual, reveals a line being forged within the Swan River close to the place Ms Berry was bitten, captioned: “Gone shark fishing.”
Mr Deschamps stated individuals who fish for sharks generally go to the lengths of dropping animal carcasses in waterways as an attraction, however that bait can final for days.
“Blind Freddie can see that dropping a complete pig carcass the place children swim is risking the lives of not simply the youngsters, however anybody that swims,” he stated.
Shark fishing ‘cannot be managed’
Mr McGowan wouldn’t say the place the limitations could possibly be put in, however stated it was unlikely to incorporate the placement of Saturday’s assault.
“I do know there’s some areas that lots of people swim in, we’ll take a look at these,” he stated.
“However there’s all types of concerns about tidal actions and river actions and boating actions and that kind of factor that should be taken account of, so it will take a short time.”
Mr McGowan stated individuals fishing for sharks within the river was “not one thing I can management”.
“Individuals have at all times fished within the river, that is common,” he stated.
“It is simply that there was this tragedy, so we’ll overview what will be carried out, what we will do higher, what the circumstances are to verify we make issues as protected as we will.”
Fremantle shark fishing ban
The legality of shark fishing in Western Australia is a matter for native councils, other than a number of choose species that are banned beneath state regulation.
The Metropolis of Fremantle launched a regulation in June final yr, which banned fishing for sharks.
The regulation prohibits fishing by the use of a line that comprises any metallic wire or chain inside 1 metre of any hook or utilizing blood or berley as a lure.
The penalty for endeavor unlawful fishing actions is a $500 positive.
Native residents threw their help behind legal guidelines after a deadly shark assault at Port Seaside in November 2021, as swimmers feared there would be another attack if shark fishing continued.
The photographs shared on social media have been taken inside the boundaries of the neighbouring City of East Fremantle.