Dr Daniel Bucher, senior lecturer: marine biology and fisheries, Southern Cross University, Lismore
If, like me, you feel strongly about the proposed trial of beach meshing for sharks then please respond to the survey at dpi.nsw.gov.au/sharks.
It is only open for just over a week. Unfortunately the accompanying ‘fact sheet’ omits a few important, but inconvenient facts, but at least it shows what the nets actually look like.
For the question ‘Why do I think the effect of net trials will be negative on me, my family and the broader community?’ I answered:
- The loss of wilderness value in the local ocean, the loss of wildlife viewing opportunity through deaths of sharks, dolphins and other marine life,
- The loss of Australia’s reputation as a force for conservation overseas; and
- The image of Ballina as a place where dolphins are killed so people can go surfing.
Perhaps you have any other reasons to add. By the way, that last one comes from the Ballina Chamber of Commerce.
If anyone wants to hear more about the issue of shark meshing then please come along to my presentation as part of the SCU School of Environment Science and Engineering ‘Doors Open’ program at 5:40 pm in A205 on November 8. Unfortunately, that will be after the survey closes on the 6.