YOUR STORY: Who are we protecting - humans or sharks?

DO YOU HAVE AN ISSUE TO RAISE? TELL YOUR STORY YOUR WAY

ONE has to wonder just how many shark sightings, attacks, maulings and deaths it will take for authorities on the Far North Coast to bite the bullet and over- ride the extreme conservationists who now put the welfare of these dangerous predators above that of their fellow humans.

In a recent attack on a local beach, where the poor swimmer bled out in front of his partner and passer-bys, letters in the local paper the following day expressed more concern for what might happen to the killer shark than for the victim and his family!

Does the local community really want the new name of 'The Shark Coast' promoted world wide?

According to reports from local fisherman there are three large great whites prowling the coastline between Byron, Lennox and Ballina picking off surfers and swimmers when an opportunity presents itself.

The mantra of 'yes but it's their habitat' is over simplistic and tiresome considering how vast the Pacific Ocean is.

In 35 years of surfing the local breaks I have observed a noticeable rise in shark activity in the last two.

There appears to be a number of factors contributing to this rapid increase in shark numbers on the North Coast, including warmer sea temperatures, greater fish numbers due to extensive marine parks in the region, and last but not least the politically correct decision to restrict local fisherman from catching a yearly quota of larger sharks that frequent the shoreline.

Does the local community really want the new name of 'The Shark Coast' promoted world wide?

Then and only then should serious consideration be given to an effective and permanent solution to this ever increasing threat to our coastal enjoyment that we happily and currently share with dolphins, turtles and whales in peace and harmony.



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