The Courier-Mail

Shark at­tack vic­tim calls for cull pro­gram

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GREAT white shark at­tack s sur­vivor Craig Ison has used his first day home from hos­pi­tal to call for some of the marine an­i­mals to be culled “be­fore t there’s one ev­ery 100 me­tres”.

Mr Ison, 51, was mauled by a 3 3m shark at Evans Head on the N NSW north coast last month.

He suf­fered a large bite on h his right thigh and the nerves in his right arm were sev­ered in th the at­tack.

He said he would not en­ter the surf again un­til “they come up with some­thing that’s 100 per cent shark proof”.

Mr Ison said he hoped for an op­tion “bet­ter than a cull” but the ocean along the north coast was “too rough for nets”.

“We need a so­lu­tion to save lives, culling could be a tem­po­rary mea­sure; the num­bers are out of con­trol,” he said.

He said there would be “more at­tacks” and did not be­lieve the Gov­ern­ment had given enough money to main­tain the tag­ging pro­gram.

“I can un­der­stand peo­ple want­ing the cull be­cause the at­tacks are de­stroy­ing the tourism up here. It’s go­ing to af­fect plenty of peo­ple,” he said. “The worry (go­ing out into the ocean) now is ten­fold, start­ing to get out of hand, it’ll only take one or two more at­tacks, and you’ll see no one in the wa­ter.” LAURA BANKS

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