Upon reading comments made by Gold Coast Tourism CEO, Martin Winter regarding the use of shark nets throughout the whale migration, I decided to cancel my flight from Perth to the Gold Coast later this year. Fortunately, I was able to get a credit and will direct my tourism dollars elsewhere.
You see, I don't want to visit the Gold Coast at the expense of a whale's life. My tourism dollar, which appears to be so precious to Mr. Winter, is not worth the hundreds of vulnerable and endangered marine species killed in these lethal traps every year. How very hypocritical we Australians can be. While our Government holds the Japanese account for whaling in the Southern Ocean, the same Government then permits these animals, often rescued by Sea Shepherd, to be killed on their return trip to Australia - within local beaches.
And shark nets do not provide the security that many Australians believe they do. In fact, sharks can and do swim past these shark nets, around and underneath them, with the majority of sharks being caught on the shore-side of the net. Added to this, is a finding by marine scientist Jessica Meeuwig, which shows that shark control measures have made no difference to shark attack rates in Queensland.