HSI urges removal of shark nets after another whale is caught in Queenslands shark nets
Humane Society International (HSI) is extremely concerned at reports this morning that there is a young whale caught in the shark nets off Burleigh Heads on Queensland’s Gold Coast, particularly after the death of a whale calf in shark nets in NSW just last week.
“For many years HSI has been seeking the removal of shark nets due to what we consider to be the unnecessary impacts these nets have on marine life, and with another young whale caught again this morning we believe it is time to remove these nets once and for all,” said HSI’s Senior Program Manager Alexia Wellbelove.
“Targeted shark control programs provide no real protection for humans, but are indiscriminate killers of our marine life,” continued Ms Wellbelove. “Shark nets and drumlines set in the waters off the East Coast of Australia may have been put in place to protect ocean users, but the reality, as proven by the death of a whale calf in shark nets in NSW last week, is they cause far more harm to our marine life, whilst providing very little additional benefit to protect us from the tragic but rare event of shark encounters.”
HSI believes that shark control programs are an out-dated and ineffective method of protecting the population, and that instead State Governments would be better investing in alternate strategies as well as further increasing capacity to educate ocean users of the risks of shark encounters.
Ms Wellbelove continued, “HSI hopes that efforts underway to free the whale this morning will be successful, and is reasserting our call on Governments to remove shark nets once and for all.”
These nets are indiscriminate killers of our marine life, including dugongs, turtles, the great white shark and other harmless sharks such as the critically endangered grey nurse shark.