Drumlines and nets catch 200 predators since July
Almost 200 sharks have been caught across the state since July at a rate of more than 10 a week.
Townsville to the north and Mackay to the south are the nearest locations to the Whitsundays with shark control provisions in place.
Since July, 56 sharks have been caught in those locations, with all but one more than 2m long.
Significantly, only two nontargeted marine animals have been caught in the regions in the same period, despite fears the measures would kill large numbers of harmless species.
Townsville shares the unenviable title of the state’s highest concentration of shark catches with the Sunshine Coast, with both recording 35 since the start of July.
Fisheries Minister Mark Furner said the statistics confirmed the shark control program was working to protect Queenslanders in regions where nets and drumlines have been installed.
“The shark control program continues to contribute to safer beaches in the areas where it operates,” he said.
“Drumlines and shark nets play an important role in these areas, as do patrolled beaches.
“There will always be risks associated with swimming in the ocean, but the combination of shark-control measures and patrolled beaches is our best chance of mitigating those risks.
“Swimmers need to remain alert to swimming conditions, including the increased risk posed by swimming in harbours or canals.”
He said warnings remained in place against swimming at