A series of shark attacks recently in Australia might make the government go back to war against sharks, but survivors of Australian shark attacks say, preserving sharks is the same as saving people.
Three fatal shark attack recently occurred on the east coast of Australia, and sharks are thought to exist in a fourth attack about a woman who made a documentary about sharks on the Great Barrier Reef. The attack has resulted dramatic headlines throughout the world, but according to a survivor, the world is worried about the wrong carnage.
“You probably know that more than 100 million sharks are killed every year by humans,” said Paul de Gelder, a former Australian Navy diver who lost his right hand and right leg to a bull shark in 2009. “That’s more than 11,000 per hour. Conversely “Only seven humans die on average from sharks per year in the whole world. Seven to 100 million. When I find out that I started asking, who should be afraid of who?”
The main culprit, according to de Gelder, is commercial fishing, but the Australian government does not help.
“What triggers public fear in Australia is the reason that Australia has had the destruction of active sharks since the 1930s,” de Gelder said last month in EarthXOceans Conference.
“Even at the world heritage site of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the greatest natural wonders in the world, sharks are killed out of fear by people assigned to protect them.”
Annihilation, which uses bait lanes and underwater shark nets, creates a false sense of security, de Gelder said.
“The net does not reach the entire coast. They don’t even go downstairs. Sharks can swim around, above and below the net. And most of the sharks are caught inside the net. “
So do many other species, including turtles, rays, dolphins and whales. “This net ruins all life along the coast of Australia.”
de Gelder made this comment before the recent attack. I reached out to him to ask if he wanted to comment on the recent attacks specifically. If he responds, I will post his comments.
The Queensland government spends $ 3.3 million per year to eradicate sharks. In testimony to the Australian Senate, the government recognized that shark nets cannot be penetrated by sharks and they kill many other species. The government said “it is committed to investigating all paths to minimize impacts on this species.”
But the government believes the net is effective because there was only one shark attack in Queensland during the 54-year program.
de Gelder did not want to keep sharks only for their own interests. As top-level predators, he said, they regulate the health of the ecosystems they patrol.
“Sharks are not only important for balance, they are very important. They are known as key species, which means that without them their ecosystems will be destroyed. “
In addition to lobbying against annihilation, de Gelder urged a seafood boycott.
“Man’s hunger for seafood pushes our oceans to the breaking point. And scientists have recognized that if we don’t stop eating seafood at our level, our oceans will be empty by 2048. And you know what that means: there are no more humans. We rely on the ocean to give us oxygen and if they die, so do we. “