Call for re­moval of shark nets

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

A SMALL group of surfers, swim­mers and shark lovers has gath­ered to form a giant tur­tle on Bondi Beach to protest against shark nets in NSW.

They called on the NSW gov­ern­ment to re­move the nets, say­ing not only do they not work, they claim a dev­as­tat­ing toll on other marine life.

The gov­ern­ment be­gan its an­nual roll­out of shark nets at 56 NSW beaches from Len­nox Head to Wol­lon­gong on Septem­ber 1.

Rally or­gan­iser and Greens marine spokesman Justin Field says each year the nets kill hun­dreds of tur­tles, dol­phins, stingrays, and non-threat­en­ing shark species.

“There are mod­ern smart drum lines, com­mu­nity ob­server pro­grams, bet­ter ob­ser­va­tion tow­ers for life­guards and per­sonal de­ter­rent de­vices avail­able,” he said. “They’re the sort of strate­gies that keep peo­ple safe in the water.”

Hu­mane So­ci­ety In­ter­na­tional head of cam­paigns, Nicola Beynon, backed calls for change. She said shark nets were about pro­tect­ing politi­cians from the me­dia, not about pro­tect­ing swim­mers.

Pic­ture: AFP PHOTO

Pro­test­ers at Bondi Beach yes­ter­day.

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