Queensland: Statement from Minister for Fisheries regarding Shark Control

Media Statements

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
The Honourable Mark Furner

December 13, 2017

— —- —— —— —— ——

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

 

 

Man injured at Riversdale Beach, Wairarapa by stingray

Press Release

New Zealand Police

Sunday, 17 December 2017

— — — — — — — — — — —

Wellington

Police responded to a reports of what was thought to be a shark attack at Riversdale Beach, Wairarapa at 1.07pm today. After reaching the scene police are now able to confirm that this was a stingray attack, not a shark.

The man is in a moderate condition with an injury to his lower leg.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called and the patient has been taken to hospital.

ENDS Issued by Police Media Centre

 

WA: 1,000 shark deterrent subsidies claimed within six months

Media Release

Department of Fisheries, Western Australia

26. November 2017

— — — — — — — — — — —

  • Subsidy funding doubled with an additional $200,000 allocated for a further 1,000 devices
  • UWA research found that the approved device deterred white sharks in nine out of 10 occasions
  • All shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600

Western Australians have embraced the McGowan Government’s world-first trial shark deterrent subsidy with the first 977 rebates claimed within six months. 

The trial subsidy, which began on May 26, 2017, was originally for 1,000 independently verified devices, but given the popularity of the program, Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly has doubled the funding to allow for an additional 1,000 rebates. 

This means people can continue to access the $200 rebates available through retail outlets, who sell the approved shark deterrent device. Details on how the scheme works are available via the SharkSmart website at http://www.sharksmart.com.au.

SharkSmart is also the place to go to for people to be informed about alerts, tagged shark detections, reported shark sightings and safety tips, as people plan Christmas holiday activities. 

The Government urges all water users to help each other by reporting all shark sightings to Water Police on 9442 8600. This will ensure that SharkSmart and the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter service can alert the community and that beach managers can close beaches, if necessary.

Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly: 

“The demand we have seen since the world-first subsidy came into place in late May, proves it is popular with the community.

“Given the overwhelming support from the public, it’s time the Liberal and National members stop playing politics and support this successful subsidy. 

“The Shark Shield FREEDOM7 can be used by both surfers and divers, and university research shows the device works nine out of 10 times against white sharks.

“As a result of the introduction of the subsidy there are a number of other devices that are currently being independently tested, including devices that are specifically marketed at surfers. 

“If these devices are independently verified and proven to be effective in deterring white sharks, then they will also be included in the subsidy program.” 

Source: Government of Western Australia

 

 

Spear fisherman bitten by shark off Pescadero Point, California

News Release

Monterey County Sheriff’s Office

24. November 2017

—- —- —- —- —– —- —- —-

Two off duty Deputies were finishing up their day of fishing at Still Water Cove when they were alerted to a victim of a shark bite this afternoon. A call for help went out to county communications and a short time later an on duty deputy arrived that had a medical trauma kit. One of the Deputies on scene was trained in emergency field medicine and applied a tourniquet to the man’s leg stopping his massive blood loss. The victim was transported from the scene by AMR and his condition is unknown at this time.

The Sheriff Airplane was airborne and responded to the scene. The air unit conducted a search of the area and spotted a large aquatic animal off Pescadero Point, which may have been a shark. The Sheriff Office learned the shark bite victim was spear fishing under the surface in that area when he was attacked. The air unit searched along the coastline and coordinated with CalFire units to evacuate Still Water Cove.

Below is some footage from the Sheriff’s Airplane of the area immediately after the incident. Cal Fire had their jet ski in the water and aided a swimmer back to the pier.

Thanks to the quick efforts and team work by the Deputies involved and the AMR and CalFire units on duty the victim will likely survive this rare tragedy.

Soure: Monterey County Sheriff’s Office

Shark Attack 11/24/17 Pescadero Point

Two off duty Deputies were finishing up their day of fishing at Still Water Cove when they were alerted to a victim of a shark bite this afternoon. A call for help went out to county communications and a short time later an on duty deputy arrived that had a medical trauma kit. One of the Deputies on scene was trained in emergency field medicine and applied a tourniquet to the man's leg stopping his massive blood loss. The victim was transported from the scene by AMR and his condition is unknown at this time. The Sheriff Airplane was airborne and responded to the scene. The air unit conducted a search of the area and spotted a large aquatic animal off Pescadero Point, which may have been a shark. The Sheriff Office learned the shark bite victim was spear fishing under the surface in that area when he was attacked. The air unit searched along the coastline and coordinated with CalFire units to evacuate Still Water Cove.Below is some footage from the Sheriff's Airplane of the area immediately after the incident. Cal Fire had their jet ski in the water and aided a swimmer back to the pier.Thanks to the quick efforts and team work by the Deputies involved and the AMR and CalFire units on duty the victim will likely survive this rare tragedy. AW

Posted by Monterey County Sheriff's Office on Friday, November 24, 2017

 

 

Australia: Surfer injured in Avoca NSW

News Release

NSW Police Force

13. November 2017

— — — — — — — —

A man has been injured while surfing at Avoca Beach today after being hit by what he described as a 2m shark.

The man was surfing with three others 20m-40m offshore when it jumped out of the water and hit him in the right shoulder about 4pm (Monday 13 November 2017).

The 25-year-old man was taken to Gosford Hospital by his friends after he sustained scratches and a puncture wound. His injuries are not considered serious.

Avoca Beach and North Avoca will be closed for 24 hours.

Source: NSW Police Force