Nicholas Crouch, Lennox Head Can the Ballina Shark attack issue be reduced to this equation: One Great White or one person? The numbers are roughly the same. The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) administers the shark nets in NSW. The... Read More →
Teenage surfer Cooper Allen, who was bitten by a shark off the a Ballina beach this morning has escaped with only a few stitches from the ordeal.
Surf Life Saving NSW has confirmed reports of a shark attack on a 17-year-old surfer at Lighthouse Beach, Ballina, at around 9am this morning (Monday, September 26). The attack occurred on the same 2km stretch of beach that has seen... Read More →
Paralympian swimmer Achmat Hassiem plans to devote his life to protecting the great white shark who bit off his leg. Dubbed 'Shark Boy', the South African bears no grudge against the 4.7m predator that severed his right foot.
Byron Bay’s iconic Wategos Beach is the first in the state to receive what could be a life-saving medical kit containing key items needed in first aid situations following a shark attack.
Installation of the controversial ‘eco’ shark barrier at Ballina’s Lighthouse Beach has stalled after fears that divers installing the 350kg concrete ‘planks’ that anchor it to the ocean floor could be endangered by rough conditions. The Australian reported this morning... Read More →
So-called 'smart drum lines' in Ballina and Byron Bay could be a threat to boaties, the Sea Shepherd Australia group has claimed.
Beachgoers should not expect new shark protection measures to be in place this summer, but NSW primary industries minister Niall Blair says he hopes to have trials underway.
A parliamentary inquiry has been set up to investigate the impact of tourism in tourist destinations including Ballina, Lennox Head and Byron Bay as a result of shark attacks. The inquiry has been announced amid calls to rule out shark nets or drumlines.
An Evans Head residents group wants to know whether spoil from dredging in the Evans River might be attracting sharks.
Dean Jefferys, skipper of marine conservation yacht Migaloo 2. This is a call to cut the hysteria and remove shark nets and drum lines. People around the world can see that the shark didn't intend to attack and kill Mick Fanning and there is no need to get hysterical about sharks and that humans are not on sharks' menu.
Peggy Balfour, Mullumbimby. Another shark attack at Ballina. Isn't it time drones fitted with cameras transmitting to monitors in the surf life saving clubs were used to air patrol beaches?
Ballina’s mayor David Wright thinks tagging sharks may be the way to prevent further attacks at local beaches.
Two people who lost limbs in shark attacks in North Carolina at the weekend were not swimming in deep water, officials have said.
Mark Abriel, Byron Bay. Following the attacks on surfers in Ballina and again in Byron yesterday, I submit the interview I did with Craig Moss, the developer of the Eco-shark barrier.
Richard Lucas, Lennox Head. The recent tragic shark attack has prompted another round of debate about the best means of providing swimmer and surfer protection. I would advocate the use of small drones that could regularly patrol the skies above crowded patrolled beaches such as at Byron, Lennox and Ballina.
Stephen Woods, Margaret River
Angeline Daniels, South Golden Beach. Growing up, my friends and family always approached the beach with respect and an acute awareness that we are sharers of the waves and water with other species.
Experts and conservationists have bitten back at Western Australia's tough new policies to prevent deadly shark attacks, which include the establishment of licensed offshore 'kill zones'.
A surfer has escaped with a minor wound following a shark attack at Port Macquarie yesterday evening. It is the second attack on the north coast in less than a week.