6 August, 2012 6 August, 2012

Renewed Calls for Shark Culling off Reunion Island?

The mayor of St Leu, Thierry Robert, last week revoked a call to cull sharks around the famous lefthander. Following this weekend’s attack, could the call be re-instated?

A 40-year old local surfer lost a hand and a foot in a shark attack off St Leu, Reunion, over the weekend. This attack, the third this year, follows less than two weeks after the death of a 22-year old surfer at Trois Bassins – the ninth fatal attack off the Indian Ocean island since 1972.

The attack follows just days after a call by the mayor of St Leu, Thierry Robert, for the culling of bull sharks off Reunion. The mayor quickly revoked his order, however, after discovering that the killing of sharks in marine protected areas was against French legislation – St Leu was declared a marine protected area five years ago.

“The attack was foreseeable,” Mayor Robert told radio station Antenne Reunion. “I have been asking for action for several weeks. Once again this has happened in the marine reserve. People need to take responsibility.” The mayor also went on to add that the St Leu town hall would take “immediate action”, but did not specify what this action will be.

World Tour campaigner Jeremy Flores posted this tweet, which sums up the feelings of many Reunion locals.


  1. Inherent Voice
    6 August, 2012 at 9:05 am · Reply

    Like the way they make 9 in 40 years sound like a lot???

  2. Jonesy Port Elizabeth
    10 August, 2012 at 9:48 am · Reply

    I surfed St Leu a few years ago and always thought the East coast of the island was too sharky . Tigers and Zambezis(bull shark) must have got seriously hungry to move to the West coast….no fish left for them.
    Zambezi’s are too fast and agressive for shark spotting like in Cape Town-highest testoterone level of any animal in the world -super sized piranha !!!!
    So goodluck to St Leu community -this is a big problem for tourism.

  3. Marnie Steffny
    27 September, 2012 at 6:57 pm · Reply

    Um… forgive me for pointing out the bleedin’ obvious, but surely the stats show that the shark “attacks” are minimal, compared with what we’re doing in their territory?

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