Statement: shark control program at Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Please attribute these comments to a spokesperson from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority:

“The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s (the Authority) permit decision on the Queensland Government’s Shark Control Program is currently before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

“The Queensland Government conducts the control program. The Authority’s role is assessing whether a permit can be granted to operate the program in the Marine Park.

“Information on the shark control program permit and associated research program, including the assessment report and statement of reasons, is on the Marine Park Authority’s website.

“Under the Marine Park Act and zoning regulations, a program to take animals that pose a threat to human life or safety and conducting research is allowed with the Authority’s permission.”