Despite no evidence that they contribute to swimmer safety, Queensland uses shark nets and drumlines as part of its shark control program.
Shark nets and drumlines are extremely dangerous to marine life that can get tangled - including whales as they migrate up the Queensland coast. Sharks are also needlessly killed on lethal drumlines - often suffering slow cruel deaths.
On 3 October 2020 we obtained footage of a Department of Fisheries contractors removing a tiger shark that had left to die overnight on a drumline off Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast.
New South Whales has already removed the shark nets during the whale migration. Queensland should do the same. And we should take the nets out immediately before any other whales are caught this season. Lethal drumlines should be removed entirely and replaced with more modern non-lethal technology.
On 9 October 2020, Sea Shepherd, Australian Marine Conservation Society, Humane Society International Australia, and Envoy: Cull released a report that demonstrates that non-lethal shark control technologies are not only more effective and save wildlife but also cost less to run. Find out more below or download the full proposal here.
Please email your MP using the form below (or the Queensland Premier if you live outside of Queensland).
We encourage you to also email the Minister for Agriculture and the Minister for Tourism at [email protected] and [email protected]. (You could do this by copy and pasting the template below, adding your own words, and signing your name and address at the bottom).
Please also phone the Minister's office on (07) 3719 7420.
Above - Photo: Rebecca Griffiths Photography. Whale off the Gold Coast - May 2020.