This is a call to cut the hysteria and remove shark nets and drum lines.
I will be sailing along the southeast Queensland coast next week from Byron to Hervey
Bay promoting marine conservation and the removal of shark nets and drum lines.
People around the world can see that the shark didn’t intend to attack and kill Mick Fanning and there is no need to get hysterical about sharks and that humans are not on sharks’ menu.
Hence the fear around sharks and the senseless shark nets and drum lines serve no real purpose except to entangle and kill marine life including whales and dolphins.
Mick Fanning wasn’t ‘attacked’ by the shark he punched during an encounter while surfing the final at Jefferys Bay. This shark that was probably 3-4 metres and could have bitten and killed Mick if it wanted to as he was in the water swimming without his board for about 15 seconds.
My feeling is that he was giving Mick a close check out, possibly he was intending to knock him off his board to see what it was that was in his ocean area, and it got caught in his leg rope.
If he really wanted to bite, eat or kill Mick he easy could have, being twice his size, three times his body weight and in his own seaworld.
Mick did the right thing in facing it and punching it. Mick said he was not going to go easy. Deeeeeep breath everyone. Everyone ok. no blood. Wooow, crazy stuff. Happy to see no surfers or organisers are calling for a shark cull or nets.
They acknowledged we are in their world and we do so at our risk. Had Mick been like some of the surfers in WA who were promoting culls and drum lines, I don’t know if his karma would have been so good.
There are some precautions we can take when entering their world, like not surfing in river mouths, at sunset, sunrise, cloudy days, near lobster pots, baits etc.
Also some concerned surfers are strapping on electric pulse anklets. There are spotting
options, tagging special sharks and rigid plastic shark nets that don’t entangle marine life.
In Australia there is a shark control program involving baited drum lines and shark nets that kill many non-target species including whales and dolphins.
This shark control program is nothing but a destructive and disgusting example of a policy, with no solid scientific backing, in fact more than 350 scientists have spoken out against the use of these devices.
They are simply used as a means to blindly fool the public into a false sense of security, they create more of a hazard than they do to keep people safe. It’s time people see the real destruction they cause.
There were 12 more dolphins caught and mostly killed just last year (2014) in Queensland alone! Not to mention hundreds of sharks, 19 sea turtles, eight whales, seven manta rays and many other species.
Since 1962, 50,000 sharks have been killed and 30,000 ‘by-catch’/non-targeted species were caught- many dying horrific deaths.
There are better alternatives out there that don’t trap or kill marine life, let’s use them!
The only way we are going to get alternatives happening is to get public support behind this. Please do not think this is a waste of time. These are the people that we need to change current legislation.
Dean Jefferys is urging people to write to Bill Byrne, Minister for
Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Sport and Racing:
[email protected] and the Queensland Premier, email:[email protected] to ask them to remove the shark nets and drum lines.