What is scarier than sharks? No sharks.
Shark culling is currently practised in Australia, particularly in Queensland. The methods used are inhumane, unsustainable, detrimental to sharks and ineffective in reducing attacks.
What is shark culling?
Baited drum lines: A chain is anchored by an orange float to the sea bed. A line with a hook dangles from another float with bait on it. Sharks approach the bait and eat it, hooking them on the line. Authorities then go and check these drum lines each day, but usually, the sharks (or other animals) attached to the drum line have drowned, died of stress or been attacked by other sharks.
Netting: Nets are used to catch and entangle large sharks. They do not prevent sharks or other marine animals from passing over them and entering a swimming zone, however, the animals that do pass through are usually caught and killed on their way out.
Why does Australia cull their sharks?
The reason why Australia culls their sharks comes down to one thing. Check it out here.
Why is shark culling an issue?
- Culling does not make you safer: There is no proven correlation between shark culling and the reduction of shark attacks. It has been proven to increase the number of sharks to the area where they are used, therefore putting swimmers in MORE danger.
- Extinction: Almost half the world’s shark species live in Australian waters (The Greens, 2016). 97% of sharks caught since 2001 considered to be at some level of conservation risk (Australian Marine Conservation, 2016).
- Threat to other species: Netting and baited drum lines are non-discriminating techniques, which means that other threatened species such as dolphins, turtles and dugongs, are also killed.
- Contribution to climate change: Culling results in an over population of prey such as turtles, stingrays and crabs, which means that vegetation which stores large amounts of carbon called “blue carbon ecosystems” are being eaten in larger quantities. This would cause there to be a large release of carbon, resulting in catastrophic contributions to climate change.
- Threat to coral reefs: Recent Australian research has linked maintaining healthy shark populations to coral cover and the health of coral reefs. A reduce in sharks would pose an increased threat to Australian coral reefs including the Great Barrier Reef, one of our most significant tourism contributors.
- The methods used are inhumane: Drum lines and shark netting are inhumane methods for the killing of sharks, as they result in a slow painful death for animals caught. 100% of hammerheads caught by line fishing will die of stress within an hour of capture.
How much of a threat are sharks anyway?
The truth about your likelihood of being attacked can be found here.
I’m still scared of shark attacks… what are the alternatives?
Check out our alternatives page.
How can I help end shark culling in Australia?
Sign our petition