Shark nets to be trialled on North Coast
The NSW Government is seeking Commonwealth approval to implement a six-month trial of traditional shark nets on the North Coast.
NSW Minister for Primary Industries has announced the decision, following another shark attack off Ballina earlier today.
“The NSW Government has been working to reduce the risk on the North Coast – that’s why we have been trialing a suite of new technologies and measures under our $16 million Shark Management Strategy,” Mr Blair said.
“We have said all along that all options are on the table, which is why we are seeking Commonwealth Government approval for a trial of traditional mesh nets on the North Coast.
“Marine life is important, and at every stage we have sought to balance our approach, but human life must be our first priority.
“The design and implementation of this trial, including locations, will be guided by consultation with the North Coast community – which is what has occurred at every stage of the implementation of our Shark Management Strategy.”
The NSW Department of Primary Industries will convene a meeting of the North Coast Shark Management Strategy Community Reference Group as soon as possible, to discuss the decision and design of the trial.