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Council shares recommendations for future shark mitigation measures

By Central Coast Council
Posted: 29 Jul 2021
Credit: Jim Picot Photography
Central Coast Council has shared its recommendations on shark attack mitigation measures, advocating for the removal of ocean shark nets across Central Coast and New South Wales beaches in favour of newer and more sustainable technologies.

Council provided several recommendations to the New South Wales Department of Primary Industry Fisheries (DPI Fisheries) as part of the Department’s recent consultation with individuals, non-government organisations and councils on Preferred Shark Mitigation Measures in New South Wales. 

Council Administrator Rik Hart said due to the high level of public interest in shark attack mitigation, it is important that the community is aware of Council’s position on this matter.

“The use of shark nets is a polarising issue amongst coastal communities,” Mr Hart said.   

“Currently, the Shark Meshing (Bather Protection) Program (SMP) is the primary strategy to mitigate against shark attacks on coastal beaches. Shark nets are deployed at eleven Central Coast beaches under this program.

“In its submission to the NSW DPI Fisheries, Central Coast Council provided feedback that it does not support the use of ocean shark nets and is in favour of more modern technology-based alternatives.

“This includes solutions like aerial surveillance using drones, community education programs, shark listening stations connected to a Shark Smart App, lifeguard towers, Smart drum lines and personal deterrents.

“Council refers such approaches to DPI Fisheries as the agency with the expertise and responsibility for designing and implementing shark bite mitigation strategies in NSW and will continue to rely on its advice on the appropriate detection and deterrence actions for shark interactions on the Central Coast.”

 
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