Western Australia may be popular for diving with the whale sharks, however great white shark cage diving is unlikely to become an option in WA waters, according to Fisheries minister Norman Moore.
Regulations to ban targeted or dedicated shark tourism in the state are currently being drafted and will include cage diving operations that are feared would lure more sharks to the area.
Unlike popular shark dive spots like South Australia and South Africa, Mr Moore said "I have decided that Western Australia will not be the place for shark cage tourism.”
WA also lacks specific sites where great white sharks were known to group together, unlike other popular diving spots like SA and South Africa that are well known for areas where the sharks congregate.
"Lack of such sites in WA may result in operators wanting to maximise berleying and baiting to attract sharks to meet tourist expectations, which may have unwanted consequences," the minister said.
After four fatalities in the state linked to sharks in under a year, the Government is not willing to agree to tourist activities that will raise even greater public fears than already exist.
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Shark diving in WA caged
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W