Growing concern as a 4th Whale is rescued from Gold Coast shark nets.
The world is slowly turning its attention to the ever-growing problem on our Gold coast beaches. The call to remove Shark nets from iconic Surfers Paradise beaches is becoming louder and community support is rapidly growing. For the fourth time this season a baby whale has been rescued from the deadly nets.
With more than 20,000 Humpback Whales now making the annual migration from their feeding grounds in Antarctica to their breeding grounds in Far North Queensland the risk of whales becoming entangled in Shark nets is rapidly increasing.
“As a global leader and advocate of the Whale watching industry, Australia has a responsibility to maintain the highest standards of safety for our migrating Whales” said Anthony Ardern Owner, Captain and Conservationist at Whales in Paradise.
There is a growing community opinion that the Sharks nets should be removed at the very least, during the winter period to protect migrating Whales.
There is often a misunderstanding of the role that Shark nets play on Gold Coast beaches. The nets do not extend across the entire length of a beach nor do they extend right to the bottom of the ocean, the nets do not come with a 100% guarantee.
Based on the information provided by the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry out the 12 Sharks captured this year in Gold Coast shark nets only 4 were species were considered dangerous to humans.
The entire community including the general public, conservationists and business are calling on the Department to reassess the Shark nets.
If you believe the Shark nets should be lifted click here to sign the petition urging the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minster to make a stand.