Tuesday, 10 November 2009 09:07

Protect Swimmers from Shark Attacks

Yesterday’s shark attack and increased shark sightings have renewed calls from Dr Duncan McFetridge, Member for Morphett, for a swimming enclosure at Glenelg Beach to protect swimmers.

Dr McFetridge has been calling for a protected area where families can swim, free from the fear of sharks off the shore at Glenelg, for a number of years.

“Three million local, interstate and overseas visitors go to Glenelg each year and swimmers should be given the best protection available.

“Because of the history of shark attacks and the large number of shark sightings close to shore, some form of protection from sharks is essential.

“The Government can’t continue to ignore this issue.  With the increased number of shark sightings and attacks we have seen in recent years the fear factor is rising and people will stay away from the beach.

“We are not even into the summer months yet.  This current heatwave should see an increase in visitor numbers to local beaches.  We don’t want families scared to come for a swim.

“Yesterday’s shark attack just reinforced the need to protect swimmers and families.

“We will now have another summer where families and tourists will be swimming at suburban beaches along the coast with no protection.

“Shark patrols will not provide a 24 hour a day 7 day a week protection for swimmers.  Aerial shark patrols are only partially effective and shark experts say that there will be more attacks along our coastline unless more intensive measures to protect swimmers are undertaken.

“Families and tourists are discouraged from visiting beach areas when they can’t go swimming because of shark sightings.

“The inability to swim safely affects our local tourist area and the income of local businesses that rely upon summer beach trade," said Dr McFetridge.

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