Queensland’s Shark Control Program aims to reduce the risk of shark bites at 86 of Queensland’s most popular swimming beaches using shark control equipment, while committing to research, trialling new shark mitigation technologies and boosting community education about SharkSmart behaviours.
Shark nets and drumlines reduce the number of dangerous sharks in an area, making it a safer place to swim.
Since the Program started in 1962, there have been two shark fatalities at a beach where shark control equipment was in place.
The focus of ongoing research is to continually improve the Program in line with emerging science and community expectations.
Trials of new technologies are being carefully planned based on a review of alternative approaches to shark control and the advice of a Scientific Working Group.
The Queensland Government always puts human life and human safety first and will not make changes to the Program until effective alternatives suitable for Queensland conditions are identified and proven.
Releasing whales entangled in shark control equipment is a priority. Queensland’s highly-trained Marine Animal Release Teams have an outstanding record over a long period of time of successfully releasing whales quickly, safely and alive.
Catch data from the Shark Control Program is publicly available online at QFish - https://qfish.fisheries.qld.gov.au/
For detailed information about the Queensland Shark Control Program, see https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/fisheries/shark-control-program