Greens grilled over shark frenzy
THE NSW Greens have been attacked over calls to remove shark nets and "protect sharks and not people."
Even though the Australian analogy is that you are more likely to win lotto than be attacked by a shark, the Democratic Labor Party has taken the Greens to task over its shark preservation stance.
DLP NSW Secretary Stephen Rawson says the Greens' policy highlights a priority for protecting animals rather than people.
"The NSW Greens assert that shark nets are not effective," Mr Rawson said.
"If that is the case, can they explain why the NSW Department of Primary cites only one death from a shark on a meshed beach since those meshes were installed in 1937, whilst in the same time there have been a much higher number of fatalities from shark attacks on non-meshed beaches.
However, The Australian Anti Shark Finning Alliance supports the NSW Greens on the suggestion to rid beaches in NSW of shark meshing and beaches in Queensland of drum lines.
Greens MP Cate Faehrmann says that shark nets are nothing but a "psychological comfort to swimmers".
"Shark attacks will always happen. Surfers and swimmers know the risk of attack is miniscule, and most respect that the ocean is home to an amazing array of life including sharks," Ms Fahermann said.
"The nets are supposed to be a barrier to stop sharks reaching shallow water, but in reality almost half of shark entanglements occur on the beach side of the nets.
"Shark nets kill thousands of turtles, dolphins, rays and other species that are not a danger to humans at all.
"Shark nets are also listed under state environmental legislation as a key threat to endangered marine species.
"You are more likely to be killed by a bee or a lightning strike than you are a shark.
"In NSW last year, there were almost 400 road fatalities and zero shark fatalities," she said.