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Nets have been deployed along five north coast beaches to prevent shark attacks . (Wikipedia)

Shark nets have been dropped across five north coast beaches ahead of the school Christmas break.

The controversial nets were deployed yesterday for a six-month trial at Lighthouse, Sharpes and Shelly beaches at Ballina, Seven Mile Beach at Lennox Head and Evans Head Beach following six shark attacks this year on the north and mid-north coasts.

The move comes three weeks after NSW Premier Mike Baird oversaw test shark nets dropped in Ballina.

NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair said on Thursday the test nets had been successful.

‘The initial testing of the nets over the past few weeks has allowed contractors to make amendments to help withstand local conditions and give the trial the best chance of success,’ Mr Blair said.

‘The nets have been fitted with whale alarms and dolphin pingers like those used between Newcastle and Wollongong to assist in deterring whales and dolphins and will be checked twice daily.’

The first 10 of an additional 85 SMART drumlines were also rolled out along the north coast beaches on Thursday.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries has tagged 68 great white sharks and 88 bulls on SMART drumlines since August 2015.

All animals caught using SMART drumlines have been released alive.

Meanwhile, environmental group Greenpeace has accused the NSW and Federal governments of indiscriminately killing marine life.

Greenpeace campaigner Alix Foster said there was no strong evidence that nets were truly effective at preventing shark encounters.

‘It’s heart-breaking to think of the dolphins, turtles, rays and sharks that will be killed during the trial,’ she said.

‘Nets are not the answer. There are non-lethal solutions that protect all forms of life, such as ‘eco-mesh’ barriers and shark spotting programs – just like in Byron Bay and Cape Town.’

‘Nor is the community convinced. Last weekend in Manly, NSW Premier Mike Baird’s own electorate, hundreds of ocean-lovers stood together against the nets. And in only a few weeks almost 14,000 people, mainly from NSW, have added their names to Greenpeace’s online petition.”

‘When Western Australia trialled nets and drum-lines in 2014, people told their friends, family and coworkers, and together they convinced the government to stop the experiment. The ocean-lovers of New South Wales can do the same.’




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  1. The [deleted] are whinging again.
    Go and do some good in the world like stopping rubbish being thrown in the ocean by Indonesians.
    If you are really keen to assist in the saving of sea life stop eating fish.
    Im from Newcastle and since nets have been put in place there have been almost zero attacks.
    Your ignorance and la de da approach to life is putting peoples lives and businesses at risk.Is that OK is it.?

  2. Greenpeace are shallow- The fishing Industry kills 70 million sharks each year as bi-kill yet no comment from Greenpeace on that – Just parochial condemnation of shark nets which relatively kills only a tiny few and protects humans-
    Greenpeace also very mute on Farming Agriculture as the biggest cause of carbon emissions desertification and species extinction defines them as an organisation too gutless to prioritise their issues.

  3. This act of vandalism against OUR marine ecology, is a direct consequence of a small narrow minded and utterly selfish minority of surf board riders.
    My advice to you is grow up …


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