According to a report from Surfer magazine government officials of France’s Réunion Island have released a plan in response to a spate of fatal shark attacks. There have been five fatal attacks in Réunion’s waters since 2011, including two fatalities in the past 4 months this year.
The government plan includes a call for 90 sharks to be killed, between now and October 1, as part of a “scientific ciguatera program to assess the marketing objectives of sharks in Réunion Island.” Ciguatera is foodborne illness associated with eating fish at the top of their food chain. GrindTV reports that the plan specifically will target 45 tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) and 45 bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas). The article also points out that the ciguatera program could be perceived as an attempt to mask the shark cull under the guise of science. Read more
According to Business Insider article a report published today in the Journal of Fish Biology documents the first known discovery of a two-headed bull shark fetus (Carcharhinus leucas). The two-headed fetus was discovered in the Gulf of Mexico in 2011, off the Florida coast. The shark fetus, along with multiple other live fetuses, was removed live from its mother by a fisherman. However, it died soon after being removed. According to the report, the fetus was a single shark with two-heads as opposed to being “conjoined twins.” It is the first known recorded case of a bull shark with two heads.
A bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas) managed to find its way into a swimming enclosure at Macleay Island off Brisbane (Queensland, Australia) according to a Ten News video report. The shark was estimated to be 5′ (1.5 m) in length. The net enclosing the swimming area is not secured to the sea bed, so the shark was able to swim underneath it.
The shark was eventually led out of the enclosure after a two-hour effort, with all parties involved unharmed.
Reuters is reporting that professional fishermen to kill up to 20 sharks off of the French territory of Réunion island after a surfer was mauled by a bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas) yesterday. Locals demonstrated outside of the central police station calling for a shark cull. According to the report, the purpose of the hunt will be to understand why the attacks are happening.
A shark hunt was ordered last week after a surfer was killed as the result of a shark attack. However, St Leu mayor, Thierry Robert MP, revoked the order due to the fact that it potentially violated French conservation laws.
For more on the story, check out the article at Reuters.
The Guardian is reporting that an order to hunt down bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) around Réunion Island has been revoked, due to the fact that the order could be in violation of French conservation laws.
St Leu mayor, Thierry Robert MP, had issued the shark hunting order earlier in the week after a surfer was killed by what was believed to be a bull shark. The order called on fishermen to hunt bull sharks “by any means.” The ordered offered a bounty €2/kg of live weight for each of the first 30 sharks brought in.
After meeting with France’s minister of overseas territories, Mayor Robert revoked the order due to legal concerns. French law does not allow for hunting or fishing “by any means” in protected marine areas.