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Diver “ashamed to be Australian” after shark cull death



An Australian business owner whose livelihood is suffering because of sharks said pictures of the first shark killed on a drum line made him feel “ashamed to be an Australian.”

Coastal Water Dive owner Torry Goodall said widespread media coverage of shark attacks off the WA coast in recent years had been bad for business.

But he was appalled to see a tiger shark caught on a baited drum line and shot four times off Meelup Beach on Sunday.

“My business solely runs on the willingness of humans to swim in and under the sea and lately business has been bad,” Mr Goodall said.

“But you know what, I do not want my money and way of life to be justified or subsidised on an ocean of blood.

“Why should innocent, amazing, necessary living beings be slaughtered so our Aussie way of life can prosper?”

WA Premier Colin Barnett said he was pleased to see the state government’s controversial catch-and-kill order policy begin.

Mr Barnett said he got no pleasure out of seeing sharks killed and it was necessary to fulfil his “overriding responsibility” to protect West Australians.

“It’s underway and I’m pleased with that, hopefully it will prove successful and that we can reduce the risk to beachgoers.”

Under the new WA policy, great white sharks, tiger sharks and bull sharks larger than three metres would be shot. Smaller sharks and any other marine life would be released.

Shark cull activists have reportedly removed bait from South West drumlines after the first shark was killed.



SCUBAPRO Free Octopus Promotion 2023



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Free Octopus with every purchase of a SCUBAPRO regulator system

Just in time for the festive season, divers can save money again with the FREE OCTOPUS winter promotion! Until December 31st SCUBAPRO offers one of the two new Octopus models S270 or R105 for free with every purchase of a regulator system!

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Indo siren destroyed by fire



Indo Siren

Indo Siren, a vessel from the Master Liveaboards Fleet, has been destroyed by a fire this morning. Thankfully, all guests and crew members are safe.

Master Liveaboards have released the following statement:

During our current cruise in Raja Ampat, on the morning of 30th November, a fire broke
out on Indo Siren. At the current time we are still assessing the events around the incident,
and will be working with authorities, so cannot currently comment further.

All guests and staff departed the boat, without further incident. They are now with our
ground crew who have organised accommodations while we assist with all their other
needs going forwards.

We are currently evaluating the issues created by the fire on upcoming trips. Guests who
are likely to be affected by enforced cancellations or changes will be contacted in due time
when plans are finalised.

We are incredibly grateful that this incident was not more serious and that everyone who
was onboard, both crew and guests, are safe and well.

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