Sunday, 21 January 2018

Conservationists decry NSW shark net trial after protected species caught and killed

One bull shark caught during November and December period along with marine turtles and rays

Fri 12 Jan 2018 02.13 GMTLast modified on Fri 12 Jan 2018 02.14 GMT

New South Wales shark nets caught just one targeted shark but continued to kill protected species this summer, a result environmentalists have described as “unfathomable”.

Figures released this week from a trial of shark nets on northern NSW’s beaches show they have caught a single bull shark in November and December.

The nets caught no tiger or white sharks – the two other species they are aimed at – but did kill a series of turtles, rays and other sharks. The nets also caught a critically endangered grey nurse shark, although it was released alive.

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