Capricorn Conservation Council: Are shark nets too much?

CAPRICORN Conservation Council has written to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority which is currently reviewing the permit for Queensland's shark control program.

CCC co-ordinator Michael McCabe said: "Many of the shark species caught include small or harmless sharks or endangered species like great hammerhead, as well as many non-target species including dolphin, rays, turtles and fish.

"We are asking if there is thorough data analysis on population decline or consideration of alternative non-lethal deterrents and improved surveillance.

"There are 54 baited drumlines of the Capricorn Coast and CCC has suggested that some locations seem to be more about culling numbers than about reducing risks on popular beaches.

"We have recommended an eventual phasing out of lethal shark control and an adoption of a scientifically reviewed program."



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