Shark Control Program

Shark control equipment removed from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
Due to a recent Federal Court decision, shark control equipment has been removed from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park area – equipment is still in place outside of the marine park.

Queensland's beaches are great places to swim and surf, but it’s important to be aware that sharks inhabit our coastline, as well as estuaries, rivers, creeks, canals and streams.

Before the Shark Control Program (SCP) was in place, from 1916 to 1962 there were 36 shark attacks in Queensland, resulting in 19 fatalities. Since its implementation in 1962, there has been only one fatal shark attack on a protected beach.

The SCP relies on nets or drumlines (baited hooks), or a combination of both, to minimise the threat of shark attacks. It lowers the risk, but does not provide an impenetrable barrier between sharks and humans.

The SCP also works to reduce the effect of prevention methods on other marine animals (bycatch) without compromising human safety. SCP monitors bycatch levels and performs research to continue to minimise the SCP impact on non-target species.

Shark Hotline

If you notice that an animal has been entangled in shark control equipment, contact the 24-hour Shark Hotline on 1800 806 891 (free call within Queensland).