A fine way to reduce surging croc attacks

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This year has been the deadliest on record for crocodile attacks in the NT

Most grey nomads who have travelled in the north will have seen travellers taking what might be termed ‘unnecessary’ risks near crocodile-infested waters.

Quite commonly, it is fishermen who abandon commonsense as the lure of that monster catch proves irresistible. However, an Australian academic has now floated the idea that these risk takers be hit with heavy fines, offering them a further incentive not to venture too close to the saltie’s domain.

Professor Adam Britton from Charles Darwin University told the ABC that while many people follow the rules, a lot were still risking their lives around crocodile habitats.

“I think it’s worth trying because people who are sensible aren’t going to be affected by it,” he said. “It’s the people who are taking the silly risks… those are the ones who need a little extra incentive.”

He says this minority’s irresponsible behaviour is posing a risk to others.

“If they’re presenting themselves with the potential opportunity for a crocodile, then the following day someone else comes down and just happens to be by the water’s edge, that crocodile may already be there,” he said. “It’s a different person but the crocodile might see it as an opportunity… and bang, someone gets attacked.”

Professor Britton’s call for new initiatives to curb poor behaviour comes at the end of what has been the Northern Territory’s deadliest year on record for crocodile attacks.

This year became the worst on record after a suspected crocodile attack in August, although the body of that person has not been found. That suspected attack was the fourth for the year.

The head of the Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the Northern Territory, Craig Ingram, told the ABC he was concerned by the risky behaviour of some recreational fishermen.

“Those who are standing pretty deep in crocodile infested waters, you see photos come up in the media and social media all the time,” he said. “That’s just inappropriate behaviour and some of those people seem like they’re destined to become statistics.”

  • Do you think people taking risks in crocodile country should be fined? How croc ware are you when travelling in the north? Comment below.

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6 Responses to A fine way to reduce surging croc attacks

  1. There is a fair correlation between those attacked being locals rather than visitors and the involvement of alcohol so that would be a good place to start.

  2. If you are stupid enough to fish near or in dangerous places that are clearly marked. Then I say good hunting Crocs.

    • yep

    • Take a fallen tree on the bank of the river, which is used as a table to clean the catch.
      The footprints are on the river side of the tree and the fisherman prints indicate that he is facing away from the water , in other words he has his back to the Croc.
      Good night Irene.
      Stupid is as stupid is… says Forrest Gump. Then he was a schrimp fisherman.
      John

  3. culling is a good start at some spots then education I suppose

  4. So who is going to administrate and adjudicate in the field to determine whether a person is involved in risky behavior or not. Just another law with a big fine that does little to solve the problem. Bit more education in commonsense for those without it and less cotton wool.

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