sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Sharks make their presence felt in south east Queensland

Sharks make their presence felt in south east Queensland

'Queensland is welcoming the schools of bait fish, and with them, sharks.'    . ©    Click Here to view large photo

Sharks are out in force in Queensland, feeding on bait balls close to popular beaches and sending local enforcement into action to avoid mishaps or worse.

Yesterday, the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol caught a 3.8m tiger shark on a drumline off the Gold Coast. The massive shark was found off The Spit and is the largest tiger shark caught on the Gold Coast this year, weighing in at 450kg.

The shark was brought in to the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol office at Main Beach for scientific investigation as part of a Queensland Government research project with the University of Queensland.

The study seeks to improve our understanding of tiger sharks, and includes monitoring their movements in Queensland waters, reproductive characteristics and seasonal trends.

The Queensland Government’s Shark Control Program (SCP) uses nets or drumlines, or a combination of both, to minimise the threat of shark attack on humans in particular locations.

Latest statistics showed 31 sharks had been caught in the shark control equipment on the Gold Coast so far this year, and of this number 6 were 2m or larger.

According to Shark Control Program Manager, Jeff Krause 'this trend demonstrates there is a healthy population of sharks in the region, some of which are amongst the world’s most dangerous'.

'All sharks can cause serious injury or even death to people, but those more than 2 metres long are particularly dangerous and more likely to cause fatal injuries.'

Jeff said on average 600 sharks are caught on 85 beaches on the Queensland coastline.

Two days ago, around Main Beach, on the Gold Coast, a pack of 20 sharks was spotted by the crew of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Pilot Richard Ainsworth said he was confident he could see bull sharks and some minor reef sharks in the melee, 'and there were a fair few of them!'

'We saw some shadows in places that we don't normally see them and investigated further and that's what we found,' he said, adding that it was the first time he ever seen a pack that large.

He said normally, if the sharks are not close to the shore, they will leave them alone, but because they were about 50m from the shoreline, and only 5m away from board riders, they chose to intervene.

'There are a few options,' he explained. 'Firstly, we can conduct a ‘marine life intervention’, which is basically mustering sharks. If we’re certain there is a threat, from there our aim is to get the swimmers out of the water. We sound the alarms on the helicopter to alert swimmers. We then contact the Surf Life Savers on the beach to instruct people to exit the water.'

A Surf Life Saving RIB was also used to muster the sharks out into deeper water. The entire process - from spotting to clearning the beach and chasing away the shark pack - took just 15 minutes.

Community opinion is divided on the use of drum lines and nets to protect swimming beaches, with conservationists and marine scientists labelling them 'dangerous to marine life'.

Trevor Long, marine expert at Sea World, has repeatedly called for the removal of shark nets during whale migrations (June to November). Long is generally on hand to rescue entangled whales and their calves migrating north or south during this period.

'The shark nets offer little protection to swimmers and kill other marine life,' he said. 'People don't understand the number of animals that are taken - turtles, dugongs, dolphins, turtles, rays - every year. There's an enormous loss of wildlife for this perception of protection.'

Since 2000, there have been 29 whales caught in shark control equipment in Queensland.




by Jeni Bone

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=89564

12:34 AM Sat 15 Oct 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


News - USA and the World









International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,


















International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
























Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games by Anna Tunnicliffe, Pittsburgh, PA












U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship - Sophia Reineke wins
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 0 Opening
Fuerteventura World Cup - Slalom action highlights day 2
2014 Governor's Cup - Sam Gilmour of RFBYC victorious again
Farr 40 West Coast Champ - Skipper Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible
Flying Dutchman World Championships - Magyars are the Masters
Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.
2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Set to start
PWA Pozo World Cup - Moreno twins dominate home spot
ISAF Youth Worlds - Record breaking regatta in Tavira + Video
Melges 32 European Championship - Robertissima remains out front
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Italians take one-point lead   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Marstrom 32 fleet off to anxious start   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Max Ranchi   
CYC Race to Mackinac - Cruising fleet sets sail in 106th edition   
Team Alvimedica getting a touchup   
PWA Pozo World Cup - Plenty of drama on day 5   
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship - Day 5 Videos   
NYYC Race Week - High performance classes put on shoreside show   
2014 Pacific Cup - 'Invisible Hand' the first boat to finish   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - B.C.'s Eric Holden skippers wins   
America's Cup: Updates on Team Australia withdraw   
J/70 North American titles - Brian Keane moves to top of leaderboard   
2016-2017 America's Cup - Team Australia withdraws   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander takes charge   
America's Cup: Team NZ disappointed, but on track after Australians go   
America's Cup: Hamilton Island decides not to proceed with Challenge.   
America's Cup: Challenger of Record withdraws from Regatta   
WWA Wakeboard National Championships head to Waco   
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Day 2   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT