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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.
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.
A Sea Shepherd crew were questioned by police yesterday following allegations they removed the baits from smart drum lines at Ballina and Byron Bay.
The state government is set to begin trials of ‘smart drum-lines’ off the coast of Ballina today in an effort to stop shark attacks in the area