After 130 years on the bottom of the ocean she is incredibly fragile, covered in soft corals and sponges making her a haven for crayfish, shovelnose rays, brown banded catsharks, wobbegong sharks and other tropical fish. The site is regularly visited by local Dive Charter companies. The Scottish Prince is also protected under the Commonwealth Historic Shipwreck Act.
This incident occurred within days of a young Humpback Whale dying in a sharknet on the same stretch of coast and a second Humpback Whale having a close escape several weeks later.
If you feel it is time that Queensland takes a serious look at the use of these gillnets within their Shark control program please pass on your concerns to the minister responsible, the honourable William(Bill) Byrne.
Phone: (07) 3719 7560
Some questions you might like to ask him:
- Where did the net break free from?
- How long had the net been drifting and how far had it drifted before getting tangled up on the wreck?
- How much of the 186 metre net was involved? (186 x 6 metres is 1100 square metres of gillnet, drifting just off the beach!)
- What measures have been put in place to prevent it from happening again?
- How long would it have taken before authorities made this situation public and began closing beaches in the name of public safety?