Byron Shire Council's new Greens majority has, not surprisingly, rejected two shark net proposals, calling instead for ' non-lethal mitigation measures'. Meanwhile, north coast residents are urged to complete an online survey on the government's netting plan.
In the last 18 months it would appear that humans in northern NSW are no longer the top predator in the food chain. Right now we have second billing to sharks, and that’s pissing us off. ‘Look, buddy, you’re not just killing us. You’re killing our business.’
Drones flying over Ballina shire beaches could be the main tool to guard against shark encounters this Summer following the failure of shark barriers at Lighthouse Beach, and now Lennox Head.
Only a handful of beaches in Ballina and Byron shires were deemed suitable for a ‘shark spotters’ program by visiting South African experts. But a majority of Ballina Shire councillors recently voted to not even receive a report from the experts, who toured the region visiting beaches.
Beaches have been closed along the NSW coast after aerial patrols spotted more than 60 sharks close to popular beaches in the past 48 hours.
A Sea Shepherd crew were questioned by police yesterday following allegations they removed the baits from smart drum lines at Ballina and Byron Bay.
Premier Mike Baird is visiting Ballina today to discuss further ways to prevent shark attacks along the north coast.
Jann Gilbert, Ballina. No-one in the water? Too frightened to surf? Really?
The state government is set to begin trials of ‘smart drum-lines’ off the coast of Ballina today in an effort to stop shark attacks in the area
Ballina MP Tamara Smith has vowed to fight for the removal of ‘smart’ shark drum lines, set to be trialled on the north coast this summer, if they kill marine life such as turtles and dolphins.
Supporters of an ocean pool in Ballina are hoping it could become a reality within a year.
Concerns have been raised about using so-called ‘smart drumlines’ in north coast waters, especially in the Cape Byron Marine Park.
There may be a gathering of shark experts at Lennox Head on Friday, but it’s not the sort of visitors Ballina shire businesses want to attract.
Ballina's mayor David Wright has been excluded from a shark summit in Sydney tomorrow but is confident that a further summit in October will provide answers to the shark menace threatening the far north coast.
Kel Gordon, Aquafarmer Australia. I’m afraid to say it, the ocean appears to be in serious trouble. Reports suggest 96 per cent of ocean species are now gone through overfishing. I’m not surprised by these statements as whole schools of ocean fish are targeted from space with nets that can be over 20 kilometres in length.
Dr Hedley Grantham, New Brighton. While no doubt terrifying if you spot them while in the water, we as a society should celebrate any increase in Great White shark numbers.
Sue Robertson, Federal. The current shark debate in the region and wider media is looking like a media rehash of the 1970s cult classic jaws.
Migrating whales, baitfish and marine parks are causing a ‘McDonalds drive through’ situation for sharks that has the NSW north coast surfing community scared. Many are now calling for a limited cull.
We are being attacked. And this time the terrorists are not in the sky, they are not gunning us down in cafes; they are in the water. Sharks. I suspect they’re working for ISIS. In fact I am certain of it.
Ballina’s mayor David Wright thinks tagging sharks may be the way to prevent further attacks at local beaches.