This whale tangled in shark nets has been spotted off Fraser Island.
This whale tangled in shark nets has been spotted off Fraser Island. Dean Jefferys

Shark nets cannot discriminate and snare whales as well

EDITORIAL: The problem with nets designed to snare large sea creatures is that they snare large sea creatures.

They just can't discriminate between the harmless and the predatory, the loved and the feared.

Dean Jefferys, a marine conservationist - and campaigner against the nets used on some surf beaches - followed a humpback whale in Hervey Bay dragging a shark net which must have entrapped it on its way up the coast.

Removal of the nets from the Queensland coast is unlikely when they are trapping hundreds of sharks near swimming beaches - higher numbers than usual.

The reasoning for the netting program is the fewer sharks, the fewer shark attacks.

The Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol is looking out for the humpback. If you see it, please phone 1300 130 372.

Quiz the candidates

WHAT would you like to ask the candidates in your federal electorate before the September 7 poll?

Send your questions to us and we'll consider them for our election forums, on August 26 at Hervey Bay RSL for Hinkler and August 27 at the Brolga Theatre for Wide Bay.

Comment below, email editorial@frasercoastchronicle.com.au or post them to the editor, Fraser Coast Chronicle, PO Box 216, Hervey Bay, 4655.



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