Anglers 'attracting sharks'
EMERALD Beach surfers have complained about anglers cleaning their catch on the main beach and dumping fish heads and frames in the surf.
The Advocate today fielded complaints about the practice, after a snorkeller was spooked by a bronze whaler off the headland on Saturday.
“These guys cleaned a large catch of kingfish and left the frames floating out to sea in the rip alongside the headland,” Emerald Beach resident Michael Brian said.
“Shortly after the snorkeller was eyeballed by the shark, about 50 metres off the headland. The scare sent this young guy scaling on to the rocks in a panic.
“I was having a beer on the beach with his dad when he came running up to us.”
Mr Brian said the disposal of fish frames on popular swimming beaches was anti-social, stupid and potentially criminally negligent.
“It’s a dangerous practice. These fishos are effectively leaving a berley trail back to the beach." he said.
“We all know sharks are habitual in nature, as a surfer I don’t want to see them hanging off the beach for an easy feed.
“I’m sure a lot of swimmers would be equally concerned.
“I’ve seen it happen on numerous occasions and even raised the issue with them, but they were dismissive, saying they don’t surf and couldn’t care less.
“There have even been stories about one angler dumping tuna heads and frames off the beach, which is the best way to bring sharks inshore.”