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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

Shark bites off tourist's foot in Airlie Beach attack

  Shark bites off tourist's foot in Airlie Beach attack The shark bit off an English tourist's foot and left another with serious lacerations to his leg.The men were on a tour with ZigZag Whitsundays, which runs snorkelling tours in the region, when they were attacked about 10.20am today.

Peak Queensland tourism bodies oppose lethal shark control measures such as drum lines. Photograph: Chris McLennan/ Tourism and Peak bodies representing the Queensland tourism industry have resisted calls for changes to Great Barrier Reef protection legislation to allow for lethal

Shark culling is the deliberate killing of sharks by government authorities, usually in response to one or more shark attacks. The term " shark control " is often used by governments when referring to culls. Shark culling has been criticized by environmentalists

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.

Shark attack victim Alistair Raddon 'thought his mate had grabbed his leg'

  Shark attack victim Alistair Raddon 'thought his mate had grabbed his leg' Englishman Alistair Raddon lost his foot to a shark in Queensland's Whitsundays, but told his rescuers he had initially thought it was his mate grabbing him on the leg when the incident occurred.His friend, Danny Maggs, 22, was also mauled by the shark, which attacked them while they were snorkelling in Hook Passage in the Whitsundays yesterday morning.

The recent Whitsundays shark attack prompted the usual calls for lethal control measures , but A small but consequential detail: the Queensland lethal shark control program has never been run in The area provides an experience of Australia that international tourists crave. And in the past year

It is the second serious shark attack in Queensland 's Whitsunday Islands within 24 hours. On Wednesday, a woman was treated for leg and torso wounds. Local media reported that authorities would implement shark control measures , including installing drum lines, in response to the incidents.

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.

Qld's shark control program questioned after two men are attacked

  Qld's shark control program questioned after two men are attacked Queensland's shark control program is again in the spotlight after a British backpacker lost a foot and another man was injured in the Whitsundays. The Opposition criticised the state government for recently dialing back its shark control program after it removed 27 shark drum lines from beaches stretching from the central to north Queensland coasts.On Monday one man lost his foot and another man suffered dour deep wounds to his right calf after they were mauled by a shark on Airlie Beach.The pair of backpackers were on a Whitsundays boat cruise and were snorkeling when the shark attacked.

A drum line is an unmanned aquatic trap used to lure and capture large sharks using baited hooks. They are typically deployed near popular swimming beaches with the intention of reducing the number

In Queensland and NSW systematic long term shark control programs using shark nets and The current shark -killing programs in Queensland and New South Wales have been called culls, and Pressure from the tourism industry to reinstate nets during the sardine run has previously proven

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"

With AAP

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