CONTROVERSIAL: Drumlines and baited hooks divide views.
CONTROVERSIAL: Drumlines and baited hooks divide views.

Pollies pass the buck as drumline tit for tat goes on

THE game of political football over drumlines continues.

Both major parties want them returned to Mackay waters but cannot agree on who is responsible.

Shark drumlines in Queensland are managed by the State Government, but some sit inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park which is under Federal Government control.

The State Government removed all drumlines in the marine park after a Federal Court imposed conditions ruling drumlines needed to be checked daily.

Queensland LNP Senator Susan McDonald said the "hasty" move put lives at risk, considering the ruling did not require drumlines be removed.

"This is a State Government responsibility and it is up to them to come up with their transition plan, now that they have decided to remove the drumlines without the community consultation," Ms McDonald said.

On Friday Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Minister Mark Furner said it was Federal Government delaying the reinstatement of the drumlines.

"The Federal Government needs to stop wasting time and get on with changing its legislation so we can get back to protecting swimmers from sharks," Mr Furner said.

In a letter Mr Furner to Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley, Mr Furner said the government's ability to continue its shark control program was dependent on a revised marine park permit and its implications on workplace health and safety.

"Fundamentally, the conditions change the operation of the (program) from the catch and removal of large dangerous sharks, to a program of catch, tag and release," the letter said

"The (program's) contractors have not been engaged on the basis that they would be required to safely tag and release large and dangerous sharks and may not have the necessary equipment or expertise to be able to do so."

Five sharks larger than four meters were caught in the park last year.