Vast majority of sharks caught in Great Barrier Reef drum lines died, despite tribunal’s orders

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Humane Society International, which won legal action against Queensland government last year, says 80% of sharks caught are still dying

Almost 80% of sharks caught on drum lines in the Great Barrier Reef marine park last year died despite the Queensland government being told to try harder to eliminate deaths under its shark control program.

The Humane Society International (HSI) has analysed the latest drum-line data and says the government is not even close to achieving the non-lethal program the administrative appeals tribunal ordered two years ago.

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