Call for removal of shark nets
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.
Protesters at Bondi Beach yesterday.