Absolutely, worth keeping an open mind about.
Politics does have a role to play and tourism is a highly valuable commodity -
but then so are marine animals a valuable commodity to tourism. You may be
interested to know that Environment Australia are considering this and the
following statement appears on their website: "Contrary to popular belief [shark control devices do not] act as a
protective barrier for swimmers by enclosing the beach, and indeed many of the
sharks killed in nets in NSW have been caught on the beach side of the net".
Here are some figures supplied by a colleague to
consider - by-catch in QLD SCPs between 1962
and 1978 included nearly 500 dugongs, over 2500 turtles, over 300 dolphins and
over 10000 rays. Between 1995 and 2000, around 35 other marine animals were
caught for every potentially dangerous shark caught in NSW SCPs.
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