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Australia Queensland tourist industry calls for extra shark control measures

01:45  04 november  2019
01:45  04 november  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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a man sitting on a bed: Shark attack victim Danny Maggs is believed to be telling his story to UK media.© 9News Shark attack victim Danny Maggs is believed to be telling his story to UK media. Queensland tourism operators are demanding urgent government action to control sharks in the Great Barrier Reef amid fears foreign tourists are being scared off.

The call comes after bickering by state and federal governments over the best way to control sharks around the popular Whitsunday Islands and other destinations.

The two governments have been at loggerheads, with Queensland calling on Canberra to pass laws allowing it to kill sharks in the reef.

In a joint statement, tourist operators have called for aerial shark spotters, netted swimming areas, particularly around Stradbroke Island, and SMART drum lines, the Courier-Mail reports.

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a boat in the water: Queensland tourist operators have called for new measures to tackle shark attacks after two British visitors were bitten by a shark in the Whitsunday Islands last week.© Twitter Queensland tourist operators have called for new measures to tackle shark attacks after two British visitors were bitten by a shark in the Whitsunday Islands last week.

They are concerned without such measures to protect swimmers, tourists will be turned off the region.

There are also demands for an investigation in increased shark attacks in the wake of last week's incident involving two British backpackers in the Whitsundays.

Alistair Raddon, 28, and Danny Maggs, 22, were attacked in the waters of Hook Passage on Tuesday, leaving Mr Raddon without a foot and Mr Maggs with a lacerated calf.

They had been on a ZigZag Whitsundays boat tour and were in the water when the shark bit one man before circling and returning to bite the other.

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a shark in the water: The Queensland government was halted by a federal court from catching and killing sharks off the Great Barrier Reef.© AAP The Queensland government was halted by a federal court from catching and killing sharks off the Great Barrier Reef. They are now planning to tell their story to British media and there is concern the fallout may deter overseas tourists.

Shark attacks in Queensland have recently become a political football between state and federal governments.

The stoush began after Queensland lost a federal court battle to be allowed to use baited hooks to catch and kill sharks in the reef, requiring state fisheries staff to now catch and release sharks.

It has called on the government to introduce laws to circumvent this decision, but the federal government has told them to use SMART drum lines, despite state fisheries authorities saying they didn't work.

In the Courier-Mail, the Federal Government's special envoy on the Great Barrier Reef, Warren Entsch, threw barbs at Queensland Fisheries Minister Mark Furner.

"Let's get out of the caveman period," Mr Entsch said.

"Put [SMART drum lines] back in, stop the bloody fear campaign and let's move into the 21st century."

Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley has previously said legislative change at a federal level was being considered "for the medium to long term"

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