Shark harvesting in Australian waters has dominated the headlines recently for all the wrong reasons. A dishonest campaign is attempting to undermine the credibility of the Australian shark industry and the hardworking men and women whose livelihoods rely on it.
Instead of a proud Australian story of a sustainable fishery which generates vital export earnings and supports dozens of regional economies, including Cairns, misinformation is presented to the public in a way which is designed to evoke an emotional reaction regardless of the facts.
Emotive images of sharks being killed inhumanely have been used to label the Australian shark harvest as 'cruel' and 'unsustainable'. It is not only an affront to the Australian men and women who work in the industry, but also to scientists, fisheries managers and genuine conservationists who are working together to ensure Australia’s shark fisheries remain the best managed and most tightly-regulated in the world.