This opinion piece was published in The West Australian with their minor alterations today on behalf of PADI and Project AWARE, as part of ongoing efforts to stop the culling of sharks and other marine life using baited drumlines off Western Australia’s beaches.
Put the Bite on Illogical Thinking, Not Sharks
The dive industry knows as well as anyone what it means to become best friends with a former nemesis, and that is what we are calling on WA’s Premier and politicians to do too.
As much as any group who uses the ocean, divers face the potential fear of sharks, and sometimes a real threat. But as an industry we have also recognised that facts need to come before fear, and benefitted in many ways from that.
Whilst shark attacks do happen, the risk is so incredibly low