Lack of shark pro­tec­tion

Daily Mercury - - YOUR SAY -

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

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