Operation Apex Harmony
Protect Queensland's Migrating Whales
Tell Queensland to remove dangerous shark nets and drumlines from whale migration paths.
We would like to see the immediate removal of shark nets for the whale migration season in Queensland so mother and baby whales can migrate safely. The nets can be immediately replaced with more effective technology like drone surveillance and shark spotting programs.
Queensland is the only state left to still use these cruel practices in migratory paths and one of the few places in the world still targeting protected species.
There is no evidence that shark nets and drumlines do anything for swimmer safety. Yet, every year hundreds of marine animals are indiscriminately injured or killed by Queensland’s shark culling program.
Send a message to the Queensland Minister for Fisheries, The Hon Mark Furner, asking him to remove all shark nets during the whale migration season and look to replace the program with modern, non-lethal shark bite mitigation measures.
Every year hundreds of marine animals are indiscriminately injured or killed by Queensland’s shark culling program.
In addition to whales, many of the animals that are caught are non-target species like turtles, dolphins, rays and harmless species of sharks.
The 2017 Senate Inquiry into “Shark mitigation and deterrent measures” which made comprehensive recommendations for non-lethal technologies remains largely ignored. As other states upgrade to modern shark control technology, Queensland is sticking with an ineffective program it’s had in place since 1962.
Since then, tens of thousands of animals have unnecessarily been killed by this shark culling program. Vulnerable and endangered species such as scalloped hammerhead sharks are being inhumanely executed in their own natural environment.
Time for #NetsOutNow
Queensland knows these practices are outdated and the public want modern swimmer safety programs that are safe for humans and marine life including whales. We need Queensland’s Shark Control Program to use non-lethal alternatives in order to protect marine life as well as ensure the safety of swimmers.
Non-lethal options like a comprehensive ongoing education program, drone surveillance, barriers in appropriate places, personal shark deterrents and increased signage are far better options.
It’s important to consider that the ocean is where millions of sharks live and sharks don’t actively hunt humans. Shark incidents do occur but very rarely. Often these incidents are over reported giving the impression that it happens more frequently.
The most important thing we can do is educate ourselves about the safe ways to use a natural and wild environment like our ocean. We are not on the menu, we are just sometimes in the way, so it's about mitigating these interactions with an animal that keeps our ocean - our primary life support - healthy.
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