Response to images released by Stop the Trawler Alliance

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is aware of images released by the Stop the Trawler Alliance claiming to show the Geelong Star’s interaction with a whale shark on 11 February 2016.

AFMA has reviewed the images and confirms the first image is of the whale shark and is consistent with the information that AFMA has previously released on the interaction.

The second image of a shark being lifted by its tail is of a dusky shark and is not a whale shark.