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KEITH Pitt's calls for an open season on sharks are falling on deaf ears as the Queensland Government refuses to consider a shark cull.
The Hinkler MP expressed his call for shark hunting at Urangan yesterday, spurned on by Monday's fatal shark attack at the Whitsundays.
Appealing to the public, Mr Pitt said he valued human life above all else when sharks were at "plague" proportions.
A local marine biologist has labelled MP Keith's Pitt shark cull call an uneducated "knee jerk reaction".
Yvonne Miles admitted while the bay had a large amount of sharks present the onus was on humans to learn their behaviours and avoid swimming during feeding times at dawn or dusk.
"We need sharks, our ecosystem is dependant on sharks and if we don't have them then the whole system is out of balance," she said.
Andrew Chorley: “Need to take the max 1.5 m bag limit off them. How you can take all other species and not sharks over 1.5 m does not make sense. The fishery is miss managed. 10
years ago we hardly lost a fish to sharks now it happens everyday.”
Catherine Cooke: “It's their home. Humans need to remember that they don’t own the earth. If you don’t want to get attacked by a shark stay out of the ocean.”
Katie Norris: “Most shark attack survivors have become shark activists because they understand that they entered the sharks hunting ground. Sharks are apex predators that are necessary in the oceanic food chain and considering 90% of the world's oxygen is produced in the ocean, I
don't like messing with that eco system.”
Jodie Lynch: “Let’s dumb down the human species even more by changing the environment to suit us instead of educating ourselves and being more aware. More people are killed by irukandji so I don’t see why the hype about a shark attack even though it was unfortunate.”
Shaylen Patman: “It's not the sharks fault. You go into their environment looking like their food and expect nothing to happen. Why should they die for being a shark?”