Surfers, stand-up paddlers, kayakers, paddleboarders and others on a variety of water craft are urged to join the protest near the Loo With A View at 10am on Sunday.
Surfers, stand-up paddlers, kayakers, paddleboarders and others on a variety of water craft are urged to join the protest near the Loo With A View at 10am on Sunday.

Protesters paddle out to sharks for campaign

A "PADDLE out for Sharks" protest at Mooloolaba is part of a global campaign to have shark nets and drum lines replaced with smarter technologies.

It replicates a similar campaign launched in South Africa in 2012 and will help celebrate World Ocean Day.

Organiser Tony Isaacson said there were better ways of managing the interaction of sharks with people than current methods that killed sharks and other species.

Surfers, stand-up paddlers, kayakers, paddleboarders and others on a variety of water craft are urged to join the protest near the Loo With A View at 10am on Sunday.

Protesters will paddle out to the shark nets to make their point.

Mr Isaacson said the Paddle out for Sharks event was about putting "smart technology" for shark mitigation on the table and hopefully changing present practice.

Shark-attack victim Paul de Gelder was on the Coast ahead of the paddle-out, to talk about his experiences at a breakfast in The Events Centre, Caloundra, before addressing Sunshine Coast Grammar students.

De Gelder was a Navy diver in 2009 undertaking a training exercise when he attacked by a 3m bull shark in Sydney Harbour. He lost his right forearm and right leg.

However, the 37-year-old is a passionate advocate for the apex predator.

He has slammed the decision by West Australian Premier to cull sharks that come within a kilometre of popular beaches, describing it as a "stupid, knee-jerk reaction".

Mr de Gelder, the author of No Time For Fear, said sharks were not ours to kill.

"It's an absolute risk,'' he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"That is the ocean, it is the wild. There's not always going to be 100% chance that if you go in, you'll come out."


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