Stirling Times - - Opinion -

HOW in­cred­i­bly ar­ro­gant for surfers to seek to ban fish­ing from Trigg Beach, (Blood in the wa­ter, Stir­ling Times, Novem­ber 22).

Surfers place them­selves at risk of shark at­tack by do­ing what they do. That is their choice.

Surfers in­crease the risk of shark at­tack to other beach­go­ers.

Fur­ther­more, surfers place swim­mers at risk of se­ri­ous head in­jury when they take over a beach.

They some­how con­sider it their right to do this wher­ever and when­ever they wish, ac­cord­ing to the pre­vail­ing surf con­di­tions and gen­er­ally with scant re­gard for other beach users.

Their com­plaint that a few small fish heads thrown into the wa­ter from the beach in­creases the risk to them­selves of shark at­tack is ut­terly lu­di­crous.

Surf­ing is gen­er­ally the pas­time of young and fit in­di­vid­u­als, but beaches should al­ways be avail­able to the pub­lic, in­clud­ing the el­derly or in­ca­pac­i­tated and fam­i­lies with young chil­dren, to bathe or to fish.

Ide­ally if you go to the beach to fish and find some­one surf­ing, then cast your line well clear of them.

If you go to surf, but find some­one fish­ing at that spot, then move well clear of them.

If peo­ple can’t man­age this sim­ple courtesy, then bet­ter there be des­ig­nated surf­ing ar­eas with the rest of the coast left for the gen­eral pub­lic. PETER FAJDIGA, Dou­ble­view.

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