To Kill or Not To Kill Sharks?
Réunion Island revokes order to hunt sharks.
Should sharks be killed because they pose a threat to surfers?
That is the question that the Reunion Island government has been wrestling with after an increase in recent attacks. You may recognize the windy ramps of Reunion Island from Kai Neville`s movies as the air winds are perfect for punting, but the waters are notoriously sharky.
Although as surfers we are taking over their territory. Sharks have enough trouble surviving as it is without us killing them off.Read the whole article here.
"On Monday 30 July, Thierry Robert MP, mayor of St Leu commune near Trois-Bassins, where a bull shark was believed to have been responsible for the death of a surfer last week, made the decision to "act to safeguard the security of goods and people of his town" by authorising fishing of the bull shark "by any means, including spearfishing, day and night".
He said the town would buy bull sharks of more that five feet caught by all fishermen or hunters, and pay €2 per kilo of live weight for the first 30 sharks bought to the marina.
Réunion, a French-administered territory in the Indian Ocean between Mauritius and Madagascar, reported nine attacks between 2000-2010 with one fatality.
But last week`s death was the seventh attack and the third fatality since the start of 2011."