AN Australian man who herded a shark into shallow waters with his boat before it was bludgeoned to death has been fined approximately €13,000.
Justin Adam Clark (40), with an address in Sydney, was found guilty of harming a threatened species at Jervis Bay in January 2012.
He used his boat to hit the juvenile shark a number of times, slashing it with the propeller, before a second vessel towed the shark to a boat ramp before it was bludgeoned with a metal pole, the court heard.
"This conviction sends a strong message that harming of our threatened species will not be tolerated,'' Department of Primary Industries fisheries compliance director Glenn Tritton said in a statement.
''Everyone needs to know the rules, and ignorance is no excuse.
"Great white sharks are found along the NSW coastline and, as apex predators at the top of the food chain, they play an important role in marine ecosystems.''
Great white sharks are protected in Australian waters and are listed as a threatened species in NSW. It is illegal to catch, keep, buy, sell, possess or harm them.