First Great White Shark Caught in Shark Net -NSW

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The first great white shark caught in a shark net has been released successfully. The 10-foot (3.2m) female was found off Sharpes Beach in Ballina December 10 at 11:30 a.m. local time. Department of Primary Industry researchers Dr. Paul Butcher and Matt Broadhurst tagged and released the shark. The shark was caught in one of the five new shark nets deployed in NSW. Another four great whites were also captured on smart drumlines deployed last week. Two great whites, an 8-foot (2.5m) and a 7 1/2-foot (2.3m), were caught off…

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Shark nets have been deployed on five beaches in Australia

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Shark nets have been deployed on five beaches on Australia’s far North Coast. The department of Primary Industries (DPI) confirmed that the nets were now in place. According to the DPI the nets are placed off shore 1640 feet (500m) from the shore in water that is around 32-39 feet (10-12m) deep. The shark nets do not create a fully enclosed area or barrier, and have a gap at the top around 13 feet (4m) from the top of the net to the surface. The current plan is to have…

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Ballina MP Disagrees with Shark Cull

Ballina MP Tamara Smith disagrees with shark cull. Smith, a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, represents the Greens party. While she offered sympathy to shark bite victim Cooper Allen, she believes there is a better path to sustaining ocean-goers and marine life off the Australian coast. “Although people may see culling and meshing as a quick fix, culling does not prevent shark attacks from occurring, and installing a shark net in our region would very likely lead to large numbers of dolphin deaths and to even get…

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Shark Attack Prompts New Calls for Nets and Culling sharks

A recent shark attack is prompting new calls for installing nets and culling sharks in Australia. Cooper Allen was bitten by a shark while surfing near Lighthouse Beach September 26. The 17-year-old was left with several large lacerations in his leg after a suspected great white shark bit the young surfer and his board.  Thankfully, the teenager only needed stitches to sew up his wound. Since the incident, calls have resurfaced for installing drum-lines and shark nets along the coastline of the southeastern state. When the $16 million strategy for…

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Shark Deterrent Cable Trialled

A shark deterrent cable is making waves after stopping several white sharks in South Africa. The South African Sharks Board placed a $1 million dollar cable off the coast of South Africa and baited sharks in for four-weeks. A total of 52 great whites approached the cable and according to researchers all sharks were repelled once the cable was turned on. Sharks have special sensing organs called ampullae of Lorenzini located on their snouts. These jelly-filled pores help sharks detect electrical fields (electroreception) in the water which helps the shark…

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Australia’s Shark Spotting Drone

Australia has a new tool to spot sharks in its waters. The shark spotting drone is made to military specifications and can supposedly detect sharks better than the human eye. The 55lb.(25kg.) drone has been dubbed the ‘Little Ripper Lifesaver’ and will patrol the beaches in search of sharks and swimmers who may be in trouble. Eddie Bennet, CEO of the Little Ripper Lifesaver told euronews “It’s got something that inflates automatically and two or three people can hold on to that, it’s strong enough for that.” The unit also…

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The Strike Nicole McLachlan

The Strike from Nicole McLachlan on Vimeo. Conservationist Nicole McLachlan gives her personal account of the shark nets and drumlines placed in and around Australia in her short documentary The Strike. The filmmaker made national headline with her recent hunger strike. The strike is aimed at changing the policy’s and commitments of the Queensland State Government/ Department of Primary Industries. According to her website  http://www.nicoleshungerstrike.com/ her goals included: A commitment of at least $16 million (to match the NSW State Governments’ recent commitment) into the trial and implementation of non-lethal alternatives…

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10ft Tiger Shark Caught on a Drumline

Several photos of a 10ft tiger shark caught on a drumline off Australia’s Gold Coast have been posted on Instagram. Local photographer Juan Medina posted the photos to his 30,000 followers saying ““Sad to see this today.” According to the Gold Coast Bulletin, this is one of 12 shark caught in the last two months. A department of fisheries spokeswoman told the news site: “A 3.15m (10ft) tiger shark was caught at Snapper Rocks.” “The aim of the Queensland Shark Control Program is to reduce the possibility of shark attack…

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Shark Prevention in Australia

There have been some new developments regarding shark prevention in Australia. Shark barriers have been delayed Eco barriers that were to be placed at Lighthouse Beach in Ballina have been delayed due to the heavy surf. Originally they were to be in place by the end of February, but it’s now looking like it might not be until the end of March. Apparently there have been issues installing anchor poles. The nets will now be permanently fixed with anchors and they will be at angle which will allow water craft…

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Ping Shark Tracking Monitoring Stations Placed in NSW

Ping shark tracking stations are being placed around New South Wales. Two are currently active, one at Clarkes Beach in Byron Bay and a second at Sharpes Beach, Ballina.   The stations are designed to pick up special frequency’s emitted from sharks that have been implanted with special acoustic tracking devices. When a shark with the implanted device swims by the buoy a receiver will record the data and alert monitoring crews to the shark’s presence. The information will identify the species of the shark and allow those monitoring the…

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