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June 14, 2021

Why no Eco Shark Barrier for Byron?

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Echonetdaily recently featured a short article, ‘Shark Barrier promised after ninth attack’.

The article quotes premier Mike Baird saying that ‘we are in discussions with the manufacturer. We are trying to get them built and installed as quickly as we possibly can on the north coast.’

The article only mentions Lighthouse Beach in Ballina, as a beach where the government has promised to install the shark barriers.

There has been one fatal shark attack in Ballina and one in Byron, since 2014.

Are only Ballina beaches being promised shark barriers, or will the Pass and Byron beaches also be included? Following is a link to an interview on Coastalwatch, recorded by myself with Craig Moss – the developer of the Eco Shark Barrier –in 2014 where he talks about the suitability of placing the Eco Shark Barrier at The Pass, in Byron

Mark Abriel, Byron Bay

Editor responds: Byron Bay is a marine sanctuary so different rules apply. The mayor, Simon Richardson, is also on the record as saying he is opposed to shark barriers and believes the majority of Byron Shire residents would be too.

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  1. There seems to be panic about shark attack.
    And that panic may have caused a downturn in business.
    It needs to be taken into perspective.
    The Road Toll so far is 227, up 3.3 percent on last year.
    227 lives lost. And what is anyone doing about it?
    We should stop driving cars.
    The Road Toll is so frightening compared to shark attack.
    Slaughter on the roads does not result in a downturn in business.
    Please stop driving your car and reduce the Road Toll.


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