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Effect of the Queensland Shark Control Program on non target species : whale, dugong, turtle and dolphin : a review

Gribble, N. and McPherson, G. and Lane, B. (1998) Effect of the Queensland Shark Control Program on non target species : whale, dugong, turtle and dolphin : a review. Marine & Freshwater Research, 49 (7). pp. 645-651.

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF97053

Publisher URL: http://www.publish.csiro.au

Abstract

The Queensland Shark Control Program (QSCP) aims to protect swimmers at ten beach areas on the east coast of Queensland between Cairns (17°S) and the Gold coast (28°S). Since its inception in 1962 it has deployed shark nets and baited drumlines in a `mixed gear strategy' that adapts the type of gear to the characteristics of a site (e .g . extreme tidal range, high energy wave action, or proximity of turtle breeding areas) . The policy has provided swimmer protection, and the incidental capture of non-target species has been lower than that resulting from deployment of nets alone (Dudley 1997; Gribble et al. 1998b). The QSCP is the only major public-safety shark-control program to routinely use mixed gear. Both the New South Wales (Holt 1998) and KwaZulu-Natal (Dudley 1998) programs use nets exclusively, although the KwaZulu-Natal program has recently tested drumlines on an experimental basis (Dudley 1998; Dudley, personal communication).

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Reproduced with permission from © CSIRO Publishing. Access to published version may be available via Publisher’s website.
Keywords:Sharks; capture of non-target species; whales; dolphin.
Subjects:Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Safety measures
Deposited On:30 May 2006
Last Modified:06 Sep 2010 05:32

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