The threat of sharks has left the tourism industry in the Whitsundays rattled after four attacks in six months.
The threat of sharks has left the tourism industry in the Whitsundays rattled after four attacks in six months. Contributed

Drumlines to be re-hooked along Mackay beaches

BAITED drumlines are expected to be re-hooked in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park from Saturday as the State Government makes a move to "put human life before sharks".

The decision comes after the Federal Court today granted a stay while an appeal is underway to overturn a ruling on the killing of sharks on baited drumlines.

The threat of sharks has left the tourism industry in the Whitsundays rattled after four attacks in six months.

Minister Anthony Lynham said shark control program equipment would be returned to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park from Saturday " weather permitting".

There will be six re-hooked at Blacks Beach, six at Eimeo Beach and 12 at Bucasia. 

Queensland Shark Control Map
Queensland Shark Control Map Queensland Government

"We will always put human life before sharks. We will not compromise human safety and will continue to support the shark control program with its combination of shark nets and drum lines at 86 of Queensland's most popular beaches," Mr Lynham said.  

"Since the shark control program started in 1962, there has only been one shark fatality at a shark control beach in Queensland. 

"The Queensland Government will continue to vigorously appeal the AAT decision."


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