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Notice to guests of Cumberland Charter Yachts 10:05am, Wed 07 Nov 2018

Dear Guests of Cumberland Charter Yachts,

In light of the recent shark incidents that have occurred in the Whitsundays, Cumberland Charter Yachts would like to personally assure that our guest’s health and safety, along with your enjoyment, is paramount to our business.

While the incidents this week are very rare and unfortunate, it is a reminder that exploring the spectacular natural beauty of the ocean does pose risks.

We advise all current and future guests that we are recommending Cid Harbour is a no swim zone, signage is in place along the shoreline and on the beaches.

Furthermore, we offer this safety advice to guests entering the water:
• DO NOT swim directly from the back of the boat.
• DO NOT swim at dusk or dawn.
• Never swim at night.
• Always snorkel in buddie pairs.
• Do not dispose of food scraps or fish carcasses from fishing into the ocean.
• Do not swim in murky water anywhere.

Cid Harbour, while a good sheltered anchorage, is not a known or popular swimming/snorkelling destination in the Whitsundays and well away from the popular destinations in the Whitsundays for which it is famous for.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is aware that sharks move in and out of the area around Cid Harbour.

Sharks are possibly attracted to the Cid Harbour area by the large number of vessels which anchor overnight and the behaviour of disposing of food or fishing scraps overboard. This is a practice both CCY and the Department of Environment and Science discourages.

The Department of Environment and Science are managing the situation and fisheries  patrol the area.

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.
Whilst the state government and fisheries dept. undertake scientific research, we continue to educate and advise clients on safe practices when enjoying the marine park.
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.

Read more on Shark deterrents reviewed by Choice, Australia's leading independent consumer advocacy group.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any concerns.

Management & Crew at Cumberland Charter Yachts
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