The increase in shark attacks has triggered an increase in the consumption of sharks, so residents have returned to safe swimming in Australian waters.
Members of the community around Whitsundays Beach (Queensland) were still shaken after the death of 33-year-old Daniel Christidis, who died last week in a hospital after being attacked by sharks in Cid Harbor.
It was the third shark attack on Cid Harbor on Airlie Beach coast since September.
But a commercial shark fisherman and a marine expert said the increase in the number of sharks caught for consumption would not reduce the risk of shark attacks.
Currently only two fishermen are targeting sharks actively targeted along the southern Queensland coastline.
Mark Savins from Bowen, North Queensland, said shark fishing is not the market for large sharks, despite pressures to increase the number of shark capture after the final attack.
"The last thing we want next to or on the boat is a big shark," he said.
"We can't sell it, it's dangerous, it hurts the equipment – we don't want sharks."
Commercial shark fishermen make it possible for Europeans to catch up with the fresh fish market, which must meet certain standards.
"We pay attention to the kind, size and quality." Said.
"There's a muscle problem, when the shark grows, the meat gets harder.
"There are different types and types of different sharks, the quality of the meat looks great but can be consumed from those who cannot eat, the fish can be consumed."
Daryl McPhee, an associate professor and oceanologist at Bond University, said that sharks, which are a risk to swimmers, are not species targeted by commercial fishermen.
"Three species of white sharks, tiger sharks and a bull shark are globally causing shark attack and death," McPhee said. Said.
"There are not many species of white sharks around Queensland, but there are tiger sharks and bull sharks and no market wants to accept this kind of shark"
"Meat is not very good, there is also a risk of mercury in meat."
Shark population continues to rise
Despite reports by the shark population revealed by fishermen, McPhee said there was no statistics to prove it.
"However, we have done a lot to protect sharks that do not have fishing areas, such as more than 30% of the vast majority of the Baltic reefs." Said.
"Assuming it is not a fishing zone, a result will always be more sharks."
Savinler does not believe that the decline in the fishing industry is related to the growth of the shark population.
”We've got a few fishermen and a lot of space – we weren't even close to touching a small part of it,“ he said.
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