Baited shark hooks are being interfered with
BAITED hooks are being stripped from shark control drum lines off Sunshine Coast beaches by people who officials say are endangering themselves and beach users.
Fisheries Queensland is investigating the raids on 18 drum lines at Yaroomba and Currimundi over a number of weeks from mid-April through to May 7, when the last attack occurred.
Queensland Shark Control program manager Jeff Krause said the motive was uncertain, but there was no doubt the acts were deliberate and highly co-ordinated.
He said the activity was contained to the Sunshine Coast, and there had been no interference with drum lines off Rainbow Beach.
Drum lines are checked every second day depending on sea conditions.
Interference with the equipment carries an on-the-spot fine of $1100 and a maximum fine of $55,000.
Mr Krause has asked that anyone who witnesses any interference with the shark control gear to phone the Fishwatch Hotline on 1800 017 116.