Residents beat fishermen for releasing huge sharks just meters away from swimmers on the popular beach
Frightened residents hit fishermen for releasing huge sharks just meters away from swimmers on the popular beach – and there’s nothing the authorities can do to stop them
- A group of teenage boys catch and release sharks near a family beach
- Residents on Queens Beach, north of Brisbane, saw sharks up to four meters long
- There are currently no rules that determine where sharks can be caught or released
Queensland beach users say they are scared to go into the water because of sharks that are caught and released by local fishermen near popular swimming spots.
Residents say that young fishermen are tagging hammerheads and bull sharks and releasing them on Queens Beach, north of Brisbane.
According to beach resident Patrick Dadis, young men can catch sharks on most days, releasing fish of three to four meters in length.
Queens Beach residents (photo), Queensland, are concerned that young fishermen catch huge sharks and release them just meters from local swimmers
Mr. Dadis told me Courier Mail that he had seen the group catch a three-meter-long hammerhead shark and had released it next to a family beach.
“Everyone knows there are sharks in the water, but you don’t expect the kids to fish with pig’s blood, and the next minute they bring in bullsharks and hammerhead sharks of three or four meters,” Mr. Dadis said.
He also described that seeing the practice had made him and his fiancé ‘tense’ about swimming with their three-month-old son.
The beach is popular with older swimmers and families with young children, making the possibility of a shark attack an even greater risk.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) said that “a number of” complaints had been received regarding shark fishing in the area.
The spokesperson noted that these activities were not illegal, even if they took place in the vicinity of other swimmers.
“There are currently no rules to limit the locations where recreational fishermen can attack sharks. Fishing Queensland, however, encourages recreational fishermen to consider the safety of all waterway users, “he said.
The spokesperson also emphasized that shark attacks are not common.
“Although there is always the possibility that sharks live in the water on our beaches, the chance of a shark bite is extremely low,” he said.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries said that there are no limits to shark fishing, but that recreational fishermen were encouraged to consider everyone’s safety (file image)