Common hobby endangering swimmers at popular spots

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·2-min read

A common hobby could be putting swimmers in danger at some of Queensland’s top swimming spots.

Queensland Fisheries wrote on Facebook on Thursday it’s noticed people aren’t disposing of fish frames properly “near some popular fishing spots”.

The department included a picture of a number of dead fish pictured on a beach.

Fish frames are essentially what’s leftover of fish once the meat or fillets have been removed.

Dead fish pictured on a Queensland beach.
Queensland fishers are being told to discard fish frames properly so they don't attract crocs or sharks. Source: Facebook/ Queensland Fisheries

“In addition to kids and swimmers standing on fish spikes, discarded fish frames can also attract sharks and crocodiles,” the department wrote.

“While it’s not an offence under fisheries legislation, we urge everyone to think of others when disposing frames.”

Some ways to properly dispose of them is to place them in a bin, reuse them as crab pot bait, keep them for stock or fish, or throw them away at sea.

People shown lounging in swimsuits on rocks near the beach.
Australians love to flock to beaches and waterways when the temperature spikes. Source: AAP

One woman wrote “that’s a lot of wasted fish”.

“Be positive and just think how many different animals it would feed. Humans aren't the only ones who roam this earth,” she wrote.

One man encouraged people to “use common sense”.

Warning comes as Queensland sizzles

The request comes amid soaring temperatures in Queensland during ongoing heatwaves.

Thursday will bring a cool change but Brisbane had already reached almost 30 degrees just after 11am AEST and is forecast to hit above 30 for the next five days.

Similar conditions are expected on the Gold Coast.

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