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May 20, 2024

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Does Ballina Mayor Wright want the drumlines to stay and shark nets to come back?

What we humans must realise is that the ocean is the sea creatures’ habitat. Most surfers know and respect this.

The shark nets are devastating to all sea creatures, so I for one hope the nets never come back to Ballina Shire.

We swim and surf in the ocean knowing that sharks are out there – that’s the risk we take, and we must accept that.

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  1. Shark nets are practically useless in ‘protecting’ humans but as Killer Curtains very efficient in killing other marine life. The fact is that sharks can swim over the top of, underneath and around all shark nets which are only a few hundred metres in length and a few metres in depth. Of sharks snared in nets, more are trapped on the beachside of nets than are trapped on the open ocean side of nets which goes to prove that we swim with sharks all the time without even knowing it and the sharks mostly leave us alone to swim and surf. Leave sharks and marine life be, the ocean is their home and they have nowhere else to go. Humans entering the water know there is a very small risk of a shark interaction which is why we keep going to the beach. More risk of being killed on the road than at the beach but we don’t stop using the roads do we.


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