The mutilated remains of three large tiger sharks have washed up at a popular Perth swimming beach, sparking an investigation into illegal fishing.
The remains washed up at Sandtrax and Port Beach yesterday.
Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly said the illegal activity could put other water users at risk by attracting bigger sharks to the area.
"The fishing activity appears to have been targeted to attract large sharks and therefore fishers should be mindful of the concerns and safety of other water users," said Mr Kelly.
Fisheries and Marine officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development yesterday inspected the remains and determined all three sharks appear to be above the maximum size limit, which means they are totally protected fish.
The taking of totally protected fish, due to size limit rules, can potentially attract a fine of up to $5,000 and, if an offence is proven, an additional mandatory penalty equal to 10 times the prescribed value of the fish by weight or number would also apply.
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