330 sharks caught off Bundaberg since 2008

DRUM lines and shark nets have captured more than 330 sharks off Bundaberg beaches since 2008.

The controversial shark baits have operated in Queensland waters since 1962 but conservationists maintain there is no evidence they keep people safe.

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries data has shown nine sharks were caught from January to March 2015 off Bundaberg - including six tiger sharks.

From the 2008-09 season to 2015, 338 sharks were caught on drum lines, peaking in the 2013-14 year when 75 sharks were caught.

The use of drum lines -secured floating drums with a long baited lines and hooks - has proven controversial.

Their use was abandoned in Western Australia after the state's environmental protection authority said the impact on the protected great white shark population couldn't be foreseen.

But a Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries spokesman said the government prioritised the safety of people and constantly reviewed the use and location of drum lines.

"The program uses drum lines to reduce the number of dangerous sharks in an area thus making it a safer place to swim. The program is constantly being reviewed to ensure that it remains as effective and efficient as possible," the spokesman said.

"Drum lines, as opposed to nets, are used to target certain species of shark that are attracted to a particular source of food such as tiger sharks."

The spokesman said while the government had invested in researching other ways to minimise shark attacks, "no new practical or cost-effective shark-proofing technologies have been developed".

Sharks caught off Bundaberg beaches in summer 2015

Tiger shark - 6

Bull shark - 1

Pigeye whaler - 1

Tawney shark - 1



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