Shark nets are worthy of some scrutiny: OPINION

WHETHER you are anti, or pro-shark nets, you can expect there is to be some scrutiny of the current six month trial in this newspaper.

While traditional mesh nets haves been deployed up and down the east coast of Australia for many decades, it's new for the North Coast.

Anything new and you could reasonably expect your local newspaper to take an interest in it.

Let's face it, the unusual conglomeration of sharks off our coast, and the relatively high number of incidents over the past two years warrants close attention.

I'm amazed to see the number of sharks that have been tagged and released and are now being tracked by the Department of Primary Industries.

Surely this is buildig up a picture of the migratory movements of sharks that has never been seen before?

It will be interesting to see whether sharks will now learn to avoid the meshed beaches or continue to be caught in the numbers we saw the weekend.

Also of enormous interest will be whether the very hands on heavy shark mitigation measures off the coast of Lennox, Ballina and Evans Head will be more effective than the approach being taken by Byron Bay Council.

In Byron Bay, the emphasis is on eyes on the beach and early warnings rather than direct measures such as nets.

So indulge us, and let's document this issue like we have been for the past two years of highly unusual shark activity.



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