10 April, 2019 –
A recent decision by the federal Administrative Appeals Tribunal has caused the temporary suspension of Queensland’s Shark Control program inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
The Queensland Government is intending to appeal the decision – we will always put human life first.
For more detailed information about what’s happening please read below.
Shark Control Program within Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
Within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, 173 shark control drumlines are positioned at 27 popular beaches, but there are no shark nets.
The program required, and received, a permit from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to operate within these waters.
Last year, two interstate environmental organisations lodged an appeal in the federal Administrative Appeals Tribunal against the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park’s decision to provide a permit for the shark control program.
The Administrative Appeals Tribunal recently handed down its decision which imposes new permit conditions, commencing immediately, which require significant changes to be made to Shark Control Program operations within the marine park.
As a result, the decision has been taken to temporarily suspend the Shark Control Program within the boundaries of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Shark control activities will continue as normal outside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This includes 37 drumlines and 2 nets at beaches along Townsville, Mackay, Yeppoon and Tannum Sands.