Fisherman from Queensland said the shark population is getting out of hand & # 39; after the death of Daniel Christidis
Sharks in the north of Queensland are "out of control," according to a fisherman who says he is surprised that there have been no more attacks.
Bruce Batch has been working in the same commercial fishing industry for 47 years and fishes in the waters of Townsville to Princess Charlotte Bay, in the far north.
& # 39; If you're here on the water and you see the amount of sharks and the amount of big sharks, it got out of hand and I do not know what the answer is, & # 39; said Bruce Batch to the ABC.
His comments come after the tragic death of Melbourne's doctor, Daniel Christidis, after he was bitten by a shark in Cid Harbor on the Whitsundays in Queensland, on Monday.
A fisherman said he was surprised that no more sharks were attacked after a doctor was killed at a picturesque tourist hotspot
The comments come after the tragic death of the Melbourne doctor Daniel Christidis (photo) after he was bitten by a shark in Cid Harbor on the Whitsundays in Queensland, on Monday
Mr Batch also said that the combination of environmental campaigns and an attempt to reduce commercial catches had driven the shark population upwards.
Batch went on to say that the trawler industry along the east coast had experienced a huge decline.
What has happened is that the trawler industry has experienced a huge decline, but those sharks did not go away – they only got bigger and thicker, "he said.
Mr Batch also said that environmental groups had persuaded large supermarkets to remove shark meat, also known as flake, from the shelves, which meant that the population could grow uncontrollably.
We used to have an annual take of 1,200 tons per year in Finland and that is probably less than 100 tons and those sharks are still being caught, but you have no market for them, so you can not use them – you just throws them away, & # 39; he said.
Today, a table discussion will take place at Airlie Beach, where government representatives from Queensland will meet marine experts to discuss the alarming number of shark attacks.
The most recent attack was in the same area where 12-year-old Hannah Papps and Justine Barwick, 45, survived shark attacks within 24 hours of each other
Today a meeting is held at Airlie Beach, where government representatives from Queensland will meet marine experts to investigate the alarming number of shark attacks.
In September, 12-year-old Hannah Papps and Justine Barwick, 45, were both attacked by sharks within 24 hours of each other, although both survived.
The program manager for shark management in Queensland, Jeff Krause, told the drum lines of the courier station that a safety measure would not simply reduce it.
& # 39; There is clearly a large population of sharks in that area and the feeling is that you pick one up, (another) one will take its place. & # 39;
Mr. Krause is expected to devise an education program to raise awareness of the safety of sharks.
Queensland's LNP opposition calls for a parliamentary review of shark attacks.
Meanwhile, the government will install warning signs that encourage vacationers not to swim in Cid Harbor.