Shark Savers Germany produces documentary on shark cull in Western Australia
The effectiveness of the policy was held in question by members of the public, various advocates and numerous scientists. In addition, people worldwide protested this organised, government-sanctioned killing of the sharks.
Ironically, even though great white sharks are protected in Australian waters, the Western Australian government was allowed to kill them. Reproductive females had been specially targeted, bringing about further strain on the shark population. The consequences for the marine ecosystem and ecotourism were certainly disastrous.
Despite this, the government claimed that the programme was a success and wanted to extend it to 2017. This led to an unprecedented public outcry from the general public and the scientific world.
Eventually, the programme was discontinued in Western Australia, although a shark culling programme still exists in Queensland.
Filming the documentary: A Golden State for Sharks
Johanna S. Zimmerhackel and Lena David.
She was determined to find answers to the following questions: How useful were the programmes? How did they impact the shark population? How are sharks controlled in other parts of the world and what are humane alternatives to killing them? And most importantly, how can sharks and humans live together in harmony?
The film has been edited by Lena David and Andreas Hilbich, from VierZwoZwo Media in Cologne. Countless hours had been spent by the two volunteers in editing the production. The result is a wonderful and straightforward production that clearly and concisely sums up the shark situation in Western Australian. A thumbs-up for Shark Savers Germany!
Further Information: Shark Savers Germany