Frenzy over shark nets

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News -

AS the state pre­pares for a busy beach sea­son, a small group of surfers, swim­mers and shark lovers gath­ered to form a gi­ant tur­tle on Bondi Beach yes­ter­day to protest the use of shark nets in NSW.

From Septem­ber to April each year, the NSW Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­try sinks shark nets a few hun­dred me­tres from the shore of 56 NSW beaches from Len­nox Head down to Wol­lon­gong.

The nets are fit­ted with acous­tic warn­ing de­vices to alert dol­phins and whales, but an an­nual report found 373 an­i­mals were caught in the nets last sum­mer and more than half of them died.

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