ENVOY: Shark Cull
As an apex predator, sharks play a crucial role in maintaining ecological integrity in the marine environment. From the little knowledge we have of global shark populations, it is predicted that numbers are dwindling as a result of over-exploitation from fishing and game hunting. Population studies have led to the protection of a number of shark species, including the often feared, and minimally researched, White Shark. It's time to enhance shark research and adopt modern non-lethal technology as a priority to ensures both beach goer and marine life safety.
In 2016, SCEC decided to take a look at the catch data available online through the Department of Fisheries. Astounded by the amount of by-catch on the Sunshine Coast alone, SCEC decided to take up the matter as a campaign and in 2017 Made a submission to the Senate Inquiry into Shark Mitigation and Deterrent Measures. Since then we have run a range of awareness raising activities and continue to advocate for the removal of shark nets and promote the need to non-lethal technology to be used instead. Envoy: Shark Cull goes behind the scenes of the NSW and QLD 'shark control programs' and demonstrates the devastating effect on marine life from outdated and dangerous programs.