Cape Town protest to WA shark cull
A woman protester wearing a hat featuring a shark at the rally. Picture: AP

Opposition to Colin Barnett's shark drum lining policy has followed him to Cape Town, South Africa, where a group of 70 protesters demonstrated this morning local time outside a mining conference.

The Premier gave a keynote speech to the African Mining Indaba conference at the Cape Town International Convention Centre today.

Protesters held signs declaring: "Shark Killer inside CTICC" and "Colin Barnett, Cape Town loves sharks, you're not welcome".

Mr Barnett, who is staying at a convention centre hotel across the road from the park where the protest was held, checked out the protest for himself from across the street before entering the convention centre.

He was unrecognised.

"It seemed like a well organised and orderly protest," Mr Barnett told "The irony is that South Africa has been using nets to catch sharks since 1952. Do the protesters know that?

"South Africa was one of the examples researched by the State Government as part of the development of our policy."

Protest organiser and conservationist Sharon Martin said she was aware of charges of hypocrisy but she and other protesters did not support drum lines or gill nets, which are set to control bull sharks of South Africa's eastern coast.

"What those gill nets do is just horrendous, they kill all marine life. We've got dolphins, rays, turtles, baby whales and sharks that get killed.

"There has always been huge opposition to those measures … We're hoping that this amazing global explosion of support for WA opponents (of the shark cull) is going to give us momentum to kick start our campaigns here again."

Ms Martin said some protesters had travelled from Mossel Bay, 380km east of Cape Town, at 4am to join the action, which began across Walter Sidulu Avenue from the convention centre before 8am.

The protesters had no permit, which is required under South African law, and so were asked by police to move on.

They marched down the street without incident as delegates to the mining conference mostly looked on with bemusement.

The reporter travelled to Cape Town as a guest of Gryphon Resources

The West Australian

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