Man charged after allegedly removing monitoring tag from great white

The man, aged 48, is believed to have deliberately set off the buoys several times in the Albany area after allegedly removing the tag after catching the shark on a fishing trip.

He has been charged with stealing from the the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), who administer the tags.

Mr Johnson said the shark was a Great White.
A man has been charged after allegedly removing a monitoring tag from a great white shark. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

“WA Police have charged a 48-year-old man with Stealing in relation to the alleged stealing of an “acoustic monitor tag” used in the tracking of Great White Sharks by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD),” a spokeswoman told 9News.

The Kalgan man is due to appear before the Albany Magistrates Court next month.

It is not known why the man allegedly set off the warning signals, but it is believed he released the shark back into the wild after catching it.

Shark monitoring systems are used across the country to better understand the movements and habits of the creatures, as well as to detect them when they near areas with a heavy human presence.

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