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.
Has the private company Shark Shield found the holy grail of shark deterrents? A device not just effective for a few metres, but for around a 100 metres?
The fourth monthly report of the NSW north coast Shark Mesh Net Trial has shown the five nets across the NSW north coast only caught one target species shark in a month where the nets were as often out of the water owing to adverse conditions.
Kathrina Southwell of Australian Seabird Rescue recounts her horror at discovering a near breeding age, endangered loggerhead turtle dying on Lennox Head Beach yesterday afternoon, and her belief it drowned in shark nets.
Calling for the removal of shark nets members of north coast marine conservation groups converged on the Roxy Pro and the Quicksilver Pro Surfing competitions at Coolangatta last Saturday.
Protesting shark nets and following the humpback whales are just some of the adventurous tales Dean Jefferys will telling at the annual fundraising night in Byron on 27 March.
Greens want shark nets removed and the state government and the DPI to fund shark watch supported by drone technology, claiming current methods give swimmers and surfers a false sense of security.
At least four of five North Coast shark nets were hauled from the ocean on Sunday after Sea Shepherd activists found two rays entangled off Lighthouse Beach in Ballina.
Out of 72 creatures caught across the five shark nets only one white shark was caught and many of the creatures caught and killed in the nets were endangered and included threatened species.
Dean Jefferys, Mullumbimby. In response to George Greenough’s question ‘what is being done to protect the dolphins from great white sharks?’ (Letters, January 11), I would say, nothing, as dolphins are doing a pretty good job of protecting themselves and evolving... Read More →
A Ballina Shire councillor wants two more shark nets installed ... one at Lennox Head and the other in the Richmond River near the Shaws Bay Caravan Park.
Authorities are concerned that the shark netting of some north coast beaches has created a bigger environmental threat than they initially expected. With the netting of sharks, the area has experienced huge numbers of tourists. Some are even saying that... Read More →
A Bottlenose Dolphin and a Green Turtle were among 12 animals killed by newly installed shark nets along the north coast in the first month of their operation.
Lisa Walker, Lennox Head. I’d like to congratulate Byron Shire Council and Ballina MP Tamara Smith for knocking back premier Mike Baird’s shark nets and for implementing Shark Watch, a program specifically designed to protect surfers.
Paul Rea, Coorabell. On balance, as a surfer, I'd be prepared to take the life of the odd turtle, ray, even a dolphin, bless them all, if by doing so I could avoid the horrible moment I saw my leg disappear inside the jaws of an animal to which I am no more than so much meat.
NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair will introduce fast-tracked legislation in parliament to trial shark nets at five north coast beaches.
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... Read More →
Byron Shire Council's new Greens majority has, not surprisingly, rejected two shark net proposals, calling instead for ' non-lethal mitigation measures'. Meanwhile, north coast residents are urged to complete an online survey on the government's netting plan.
Ballina Shire councillor Sharon Cadwallader wants shark nets installed 'as a matter of urgency' with a program of by-catch release.
In the last 18 months it would appear that humans in northern NSW are no longer the top predator in the food chain. Right now we have second billing to sharks, and that’s pissing us off. ‘Look, buddy, you’re not just killing us. You’re killing our business.’
Despite opposition, the NSW government aims to fast-track the installation of shark nets on the north coast after yesterday's attack. Surf Life Saving NSW, meanwhile, has confirmed that all Byron beaches have re-opened.
Byron Bay surfer and former Greens MP Ian Cohen says that personal responsibility is the key to avoiding shark attack. Mr Cohen was among hundreds of people who rallied against the proposed netting of Ballina's beaches at Lighthouse Beach yesterday.
Shark nets could be installed along north coast beaches as early as Christmas, but not before local communities have had the opportunity to have their say on the proposal.
A rally against shark nets will be held at Lighthouse Beach in Ballina on Sunday to coincide with the release of a rescued sea turtle. The rally, organised by the Australian Seabird Rescue group, coincides with moves to set up a volunteer Shark Watch program at Ballina beaches.
Nicholas Crouch, Lennox Head Can the Ballina Shark attack issue be reduced to this equation: One Great White or one person? The numbers are roughly the same. The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) administers the shark nets in NSW. The... Read More →