Last years successful trial of shark spotting drones on the north coast has led to the announcement that they will be trialling the drones to provide beach safety surveillance over 15 beaches from the start of the October school holidays.
Never one to stand in the way of antiquated technology, fossil fuel-supporting former prime minister Tony Abbot has now turned his attention to shark nets, calling for them to be reinstated on the NSW North Coast.
Local diving instructor received a Hero to Animals Award from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals after rescuing a Grey Nurse shark from a slow and painful death.
Local diver Inaki Aizpun, who has been taking divers out to the marine park over the last five years, recently saved a Grey Nurse Shark from a slow and painful death.
The community is celebrating after third north coast shark net trail has been abandoned. Community support dropped by half over the first two years of the trail as the cost to other marine life became clear.
The latest community survey results, released today, have confirmed that there has been a decline in support for the shark net trials undertaken at five North Coast beaches over the past two summers.
The data from the final month of the second NSW North Coast shark net trial along with changing community attitudes should finally show the state government that shark nets have no place in NSW, the Humane Society International says.
Ballina’s Deputy Mayor, Keith Williams, is urging residents to complete the NSW DPI on-line Survey on Shark Nets before it closes this afternoon, warning that this will be the community’s last opportunity to have a say before the Minister decides the fate of future net trials.
Winona, rescued by Australian Seabird Rescue from Evan's Head on March 10 was successfully released back into the ocean on Wednesday morning.
Update: A marine-life activist has warned of an all-out campaign to prevent shark nets ever being reinstalled on the North Coast after the government ended the controversial trial a month early.
The NSW Government has turned to drones after a second controversial trial of shark nets on the North Coast caught even fewer sharks than the previous trial in 2016-17. But it has still failed to rule out returning nets to our beaches again next year.
Members of Northern NSW and Qld marine conservation groups will converge on the Quicksilver Pro Surfing competition at Coolangatta today at midday Qld time (1pm local time).
Following the declaration last week by a NSW Department of Primary Industries official that contractors would not attend shark nets at Ballina to release an entangled ray, Sea Shepherd Australia and Humane Society International claim the department could be in breach of its own management plans.
Sea Shepherd has accused the NSW Government of deliberately abandoning rays trapped in Ballina shark nets to die after it was refused permission to rescue two animals yesterday.
The quick actions of Sea Shepherd monitors and a nearby SMART drumline contractor averted the otherwise certain death of an endangered loggerhead turtle that became entangled in shark nets off Ballina’s Lighthouse Beach yesterday.
Mel Mott, Lennox Head. I am writing in response to your November 22 article regarding the journalist visiting Byron Bay region, Ellen Husain, for her timely documentary Costing the Earth. In the article, writer Paul Bibby stated at the conclusion... Read More →
Local activists have swum under the newly-installed shark nets at Lennox Head to draw attention to the apparent ‘futility’ of the devices. Dean Jeffreys led a small group of banner-bearing conservationists out to the nets, diving about 10 metres down to duck beneath them.
Mel Mott, Lennox Head. I am writing in response to the recent article in the Nov. 22 Byron Shire Echo regarding the journalist visiting Byron Bay region, Ellen Husain, for her timely documentary 'Costing the Earth'.
The fight over the North Coast shark nets trial is set to feature in a BBC radio documentary exploring the relationship between sharks and people across the globe.
Staying safe in the water as the weather heats up and the school holidays start it is important to keep water safety at the top of your mind. Rivers as well as the ocean can have strong currents and snags that are dangers to swimmers – though rivers generally have less sharks.
North coast MLC Ben Franklin (Nationals) has defended his government’s decision to reinstate shark nets for the north coast in the coming summer despite their apparent lack of effectiveness and high marine life kill rate.
Shark nets will again be ‘trialled’ at five north coast beaches this coming summer despite their largely ineffectual impact on the predators last season and widespread community concern about so-called ‘bycatch’.
The NSW Government has expanded its network of ‘shark listening stations’ along the coastline to 21, with the addition of one at Ballina’s Lighthouse Beach. But the Greens have questioned why the government is still persisting with its failed North Coast shark net program.
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) says it is in the process of removing shark nets from north coast waters almost two weeks early as migrating whales have already been spotted along the NSW coast as far north as Kingscliff.
The state government will remove its controversial shark nets from waters off the north coast following the six-month trial that ends in June. They will be offset by an increase in the number of SMART drum lines, which have proven more successful.