Community and area leaders ask for nets off of Ballina
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 November, 2016 - This weekend 300 people gathered in Ballina at a rally to show their support for shark nets at area beaches. The locals said they want the area from Evans Head to Brunswick Heads to be netted to deter attacks, like the one that killed surfer Tadashi Nakahara off Shelly Beach last year.
In terms of the type of netting to be used, the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries is currently looking into both traditional nets and new ones with GPS equipment which will alert wildlife monitors when an animal is snagged. Wildlife monitors or lifeguards would then boat to the nets and free the trapped animal.
This news comes as the Australian government will enter another six month trial for shark nets along the New South Wales north coast. Community leaders are asking for six nets off Ballina beaches.
However, the government had not finalised where the nets would be installed, or how many or what type.
“The nets will be set in line with how they are used in the Newcastle-to-Wollongong shark meshing area, but with possible modifications to suit local conditions,” a NSW Primary Industries spokesperson told The Australian about the six-month trial that will begin in December.
“It is also proposed to test possible ‘smart’ automatic alert devices so that a meshing contractor could be notified and respond quickly to release any trapped animals,” she said. “Nets will also be fitted with whale alarms and dolphin pingers to deter marine mammals.”