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Supplied undated image obtained Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 of a great white shark. The death of a great white shark off the coast of Western Australia sparked an expedition resulting in a documentary, The Search for the Ocean's Super Predator. (AAP Image/Supplied by ScreenWest) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY ScreenWest

Govt ready to cull sharks

AS SHARK attack victim Cooper Allen recovers in Lismore Hospital, the Federal Government has signalled it would consider a shark cull on the NSW north coast.

Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg's statement comes as the State Government announces a further three- month trial of shark-spotting drones and additional drum lines for the area.

He said he was open to proposals for a cull of great white sharks.

"I absolutely put human safety first and foremost in my mind,” he told ABC TV.

Culling great whites would need federal approval because they are a vulnerable species.

Cooper Allen, 17, was bitten on the leg on Monday by a 4m shark while surfing off Ballina's Lighthouse Beach.

NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair was discussing the state's Shark Mitigation Strategy with concerned locals yesterday.

The next drone trials will involve up to three flights a day over beaches on the state's north coast and south coast and eight extra drum lines on the north coast.

Lighthouse Beach was one of two sites where a shark barrier trial was called off during winter after the barriers failed under rough conditions.

Five of the 11 recent attacks in northern NSW have been at Ballina beaches, including one death.

Cooper Allen is in a stable condition.



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