In light of the recent shark incidents that have occurred in the Whitsundays, Queensland Yacht Charters member of Dream Yacht Charter would like to personally assure you and your Charter guests that your health and safety, along with your enjoyment, is paramount to us.
While the recent incidents are very rare in the Whitsundays and extremely unfortunate, it is a reminder that exploring and sharing this spectacular wilderness area and the beautiful oceans with our fellow creatures, does pose some risks.
We are working with Department of Agriculture & Fisheries, as a result of recent shark attacks in the Region. This has highlighted the need for research to guide shark management planning.
A “no swim” area is now created around Cid Harbour and we strongly support the signage and messaging being relayed.
In addition, we are in consultation with marine experts from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and James Cook University (JCU) to understand shark populations, distribution and behaviour around the Whitsundays. From these discussions, a knowledge gap has been identified, in that there is limited qualitative data in the Whitsundays.
Electronic Shark Deterrent Devices
We do not currently use the electronic shark deterrent devices. Our management team are investigating options and undertaking risk assessments on all available products however most of which have not yet been tested or approved in QLD waters or in combination with charter vessel usage.
Independent research has shown the use of electronic devices could provide a false sense of security and put our guests at greater risk (for example ignoring the basic safety advice given) and are also not proven to be 100% effective.
Whilst the State Government and Fisheries Department undertake scientific research, we continue to educate and advise clients on safe practices when enjoying The Whitsundays Marine Park.
General Shark Safety Advice
Furthermore, we offer this general safety advice to all Charterer’s and their guests entering the water in all areas of the Whitsundays and to remember to be mindful of the safety of yourself and your guests during your Charter.
- DO NOT swim directly from the back of the boat
- DO NOT swim at DUSK or DAWN
- NEVER swim at night
- ALWAYS snorkel with a buddy and preferably with a spotter in the dinghy
- DO NOT swim in murky water anywhere
- NEVER clean fish or discard food scraps over the side or at the back of your boat at anchorages – This is a practice that QYC and the Department of Environment and Science discourages as it habituates wildlife to seek food from the back of the boats.
We trust that while simply taking a little time to ensure your holiday is a safe one that you will also have a truly memorable experience in this unique heritage area, sailing vast myriad blue seas, enjoying the abundance of wildlife, exploring uninhabited islands and secluded sunny beaches and the wonder of endless starry night skies.
We look forward to welcoming you and your guests here in the wonderful Whitsundays.