Lack of shark protection
HAVING lived 30 years on the Capricorn Coast, I recently moved to Airlie to better take advantage of its marine tourism culture.
I am surprised at the lack of shark protection here. There are drumlines all along the 20km of Cap Coast, often catching large tiger sharks with no attacks in this time, compared to seven attacks here.
With far more people in the water here, why are there no drumlines that have been so effective elsewhere.
There is a huge ocean out there for sharks, why not give
humans the priority in close to the beach, where our livelihoods depend on marine tourism?
Out of the 368 drumlines along the Queensland coast swim beaches, according to Fisheries data, only two dozen by-catch animals are caught by them each year, with half of these released alive.
The dozen or so that die, are large predatory fish.
Put this against the annual catch of 200 or so tiger sharks, many over 2.5 meters, in close to swimming beaches.
The ocean was created for all of us, not just the fish! Shane Newell, Airlie Beach