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Dismembered tail of a large shark found on the beach
Fisheries Officers ​are investigating the discovery of three mutilated tiger sharks on popular swimming beach. 
Thursday 1 February 2018

Illegal shark fishing evidence sparks investigation

Fishers are urged to be mindful of the safety of other water users after three large tiger sharks were left mutilated and dumped on a popular Perth swimming beach.

A number of large shark pieces washed up near the groyne at Sandtrax and Port Beach in North Fremantle yesterday and were identified as the remains of three large tiger sharks.

The fishing activity appears to have been targeted to attract large sharks and fishers should consider the concerns and safety of water users.

Fisheries and Marine officers investigating the incident determined all three sharks appear to be above the maximum size limit, which means they were totally protected fish. The jaws had been removed from the sharks.

Tiger sharks caught in Western Australia's West Coast and South Coast bioregions are a totally protected fish if they have an inter-dorsal fin measurement of more than 700 millimetres.

The taking of totally protected fish, due to size limit rules, can potentially attract a fine of up to $5,000.

Anyone who has information on illegal fishing activities is asked to call FishWatch on 1800 815 507.

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