Fisheries Queensland is reminding people to keep their hands off shark control equipment or cop penalties up to $55,000.
Fisheries Queensland Acting Shark Control Program manager Michael Mikitis warned people to stay away from shark control equipment not just because of the financial penalty but also for their own safety.
'It is illegal to interfere with the Queensland Government’s shark control equipment including bait, ropes, netting or buoys,' Mr Mikitis said.
'Any individual or group of people caught removing bait or stealing drumline equipment could face the maximum penalty of $55,000.
'Also, for safety reasons we encourage people stay well away from shark control equipment because of the hooks or the possibility of getting too close to live sharks.'
Mr Mikitis said the shark control program has been in place for over 50 years to minimise the threat of shark attacks and make it safer for swimmers.
'We have shark nets and drumlines positioned approximately 300–400 metres offshore at 85 popular beaches at 10 regional centres in Queensland,' he said. Anyone who sees interference with shark control gear should call the Shark Hotline on 1800 806 891.
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