Over the last few weeks the archaic nets used by the Sharks Board has caused the death of numerous sharks and other marine life. At least 5 Tiger sharks, 1 Great White and a Black Tip were tangled in the nets and drowned. Approximately 9 Tigers and a Great White were released from the nets, but their survival is in doubt, as the lactic acid which builds up while entangled could cause their death anyway. These nets are recognised as being inneffective in keeping sharks away from bathers, sharks are able to swim under or around the nets.
The only purpose then is to give a false sense of security. Is that worth the harm we risk by killing off our protected species? The killing of marine life in a Marine Protected Area is then senseless and cruel. There are other means that can be used to limit the amount of inshore shark activity, and these methods should be investigated as alternatives.
Sharks are vital to the marine ecology and the sharks which have been killed are protected / already endangered species. The nets are also responsible for killing other marine life, such as dolphins and whales.This petition conclusively shows that the general population would much rather ensure the sustainability of our oceans and marine life, and we implore the Sharks Board to remove the nets and stop the slaughter.