A safe and shark-free swimming environment without unnecessary harm to marine life.
A safe and shark-free swimming environment without unnecessary harm to marine life. Contributed

Eco-barriers to be trialled on Lighthouse Beach

FOLLOWING yesterday's shark attack at Lighthouse Beach which left surfer Sam Morgan, 20, in an induced coma, Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair has said eco-barriers are to be installed at Lighthouse Beach this summer.

At the end of last month, it was reported that the "eco nets" would be trialled on two of our local beaches this summer.

The barriers are the design of Western Australia company Eco Shark Barrier, and have been trialed on Coogee beach in Perth.

Unlike traditional nets they are built from thick lengths of rigid nylon that can last up to 10 years, and form a completely enclosed swimming area from "seabed to surface, shoreline to shoreline".

Another benefit is the Eco Shark Barriers have killed no marine life to date, because they act like a wall rather than a net.

They are also "100% recyclable" and cleaned and ground up at the end of their 10-year life to make new products.



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