Drumlines aid in decisions on sharks
In response to “Activists bid to halt drum lines” in last week’s Augusta-Margaret River Times. Knowledge is power. SMART drumlines contribute to our understanding of shark behaviour and movements by capturing, tagging and releasing these animals, and then following them as they move through the ocean.
By better understanding when and where sharks are, we can make more informed decisions about how we spend time in the ocean.
SMART (or dumb) drumlines do not make us safer by creating a barrier and catching that one rogue shark that was distracted by bait and thus ignored you.
And to that point, the Government is to be commended for not spending millions of tax dollars on a network of SMART drumlines up and down our coast.
Rather, the trial at Gracetown, where there have been a number of tragedies, allows us to focus on a key area and learn more about these animals.
To make the most out of the Gracetown trial, the Government should be satellite and acoustic tagging as many animals as it captures as possible.
Thus we learn. And thus we support resilient oceans. Professor Jessica Meeuwig, Redgate