In a statement it said it had weighed the potential impact of the plan against the need to maintain “the diversity, geographic distribution and viability” of marine life.

Chairman Dr Paul Vogel said there remains a high degree of scientific uncertainty about impacts on the viability of the south-western white shark population.

“At this stage, the available information and evidence does not provide the EPA with a high level of confidence. In view of these uncertainties, the EPA has adopted a cautious approach by recommending against the proposal,” he said.

It means no baited drumlines will be set this summer, which is great news for sharks and environmentalist but not those of us who think Jaws is real…

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