Media Statements

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
The Honourable Mark Furner

December 13, 2017

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Statement from Minister for Fisheries regarding Shark Control

The Palaszsczuk Government remains steadfast in our support for the Shark Control Program.

It has undoubtedly saved lives.

That’s why it will continue.

While we continue to monitor emerging technology, the safety of swimmers is paramount.

In the last 55 years only one person has lost their life to a shark at a protected Queensland beach. That is one too many but sadly, no measures are foolproof.

Our submission to the Senate inquiry made it absolutely clear that the safety of humans is the priority and that any moves to remove the protections on our beaches will place lives at risk.

Eighty-five of Queensland’s most popular beaches are protected by nets or drumlines in a program that has been supported by successive governments since 1962.

Source: The State of Queensland