Time to untangle NSW from shark nets
On 1 September, shark nets seasonally return to waters in New South Wales, despite this 100-year-old technology giving only a false sense of security to ocean users. Though the nets have recently returned, the wheels of bureaucracy turn slowly, and the time to push for a change next season starts now.
Shark nets don’t work to keep swimmers and ocean users safer, but they are effective at killing marine animals.
• 40% of sharks caught in shark nets are on the inside of the net, demonstrating that sharks can easily move around and over the nets. They are not a barrier to the open sea. Shark bites can and do happen at netted beaches.
• Last year alone, nets in New South Wales caught 375 marine animals, including threatened species of dolphins, whales, and turtles, killing 231 of them.
There are much better ways to keep beaches safe without killing harmless marine life. Drone monitoring, SMART drumlines and personal shark deterrents are all preferred by scientists and the public.
Let’s make this the last season NSW beaches rely on outdated, ineffective and environmentally destructive nets.
Take action by sending a letter to The Hon. Adam Marshall, Minister for Agriculture asking him to end the use of shark nets.
Humane Society International
PO BOX 439
Avalon, NSW 2107
*Likely effectiveness of netting or other capture programs as a shark hazard mitigation strategy in Western Australia (2012) – Associate Professor Daryl McPhee, Bond University
Image: HSI/AMCS/N McLachlan