AustraliaQueensland shark response to be discussed

21:53  08 november  2018
21:53  08 november  2018 Source:   msn.com

Shark bites man in Cid Harbour area where two attacks occurred in September

Shark bites man in Cid Harbour area where two attacks occurred in September Emergency crews are responding to reports of another shark attack near Cid Harbour off the north Queensland coast, the same area where two other people were attacked by sharks in September.

Queensland Shark Control Program manager Jeff Krause described the attacks as “unprecedented”. Tasmanian woman Justine Barwick had been snorkelling when she However, Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan last night called for drumlines to be permanently set in popular spots in the Whitsundays.

In response to September's shark attacks, Australian authorities have installed drum lines for a week - an aquatic trap to lure and capture sharks using baited hooks. However, the drum lines are no longer in place, and many residents are furious over the move. Queensland Assembly member for Whitsunday

Queensland shark response to be discussed© AAP A roundtable of government and industry figures will be held in Queensland's Whitsundays region following a fatal shark attack, the third in two months. Queensland's government will try to work out how best to prevent swimmers being mauled by sharks in the Whitsundays at a special meeting with experts in the region.

It comes after Daniel Christidis, 33, died on Monday after being bitten by a shark at Cid Harbour on the first day of a yachting holiday with friends and colleagues.

It was the third serious attack there in the past two months after Tasmanian woman Justine Barwick and Victorian 12-year-old Hannah Papps were bitten in separate incidents in September.

Shark migration study in Whitsundays in lieu of drum lines

Shark migration study in Whitsundays in lieu of drum lines A $250,000 study will be conducted to figure out shark migration patterns around Queensland, in the hopes of preventing further attacks. Three people have been attacked by sharks in Cid Harbour on the Whitsundays in the past two months. That includes Victorian doctor Daniel Christidis, who died on Monday after being mauled during a yachting holiday. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd null Yesterday a brains trust of 22 ministers, scientists, tourist operators and local government members gathered in the Whitsundays to discuss solutions to the spate of shark attacks.

In response to the attacks, LNP Member for the Queensland seat of Hinkler Keith Pitt wants sharks to be culled in the region. Mr Furner will join Tourism Minister Kate Jones on Friday for a meeting with experts to discuss how to best manage shark populations in the area.

The Queensland government introduced drum lines in Cid Harbour in response to the September attacks. Yet after six sharks were culled, the baited hooks were eventually removed after strong The Opposition’s Tim Mander said the drum lines need to be re-introduced to protect residents and visitors.

Tourism Minister Kate Jones and Fisheries Minister Mark Furner will meet with local tourism operators and marine experts, as well as the Whitsundays council, in Airlie Beach on Friday.

Putting in drum lines to catch sharks has already been ruled out as potentially giving people a false sense of security, despite accusations from the opposition the government is risking lives.

The government's only response to this tragedy has been a talkfest," Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said on Thursday.

"Why does the Whitsundays not have a shark control, program? It's good enough on the Gold Coast, it's good enough on the Sunshine Coast, it's good enough for areas like Mackay."

The LNP opposition wants a parliamentary review in the wake of the incidents.

Mr Furner said the shark control program elsewhere was "highly successful" but there are no plans to extend it.

The government is installing signs warning people not to swim at Cid Harbour.

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