A sign at Lighthouse Beach advising visitors of the shark net trial.
A sign at Lighthouse Beach advising visitors of the shark net trial. Courtesy of the NSW Department o

Shark nets: Why you really need to read the fine print

WITH shark nets now installed at five North Coast beaches, many people think it's safe to go back in the water.

But will the nets prevent a shark attack?

The short answer is no.

Signs installed at the netted beaches explain the situation to swimmers: "Shark nets are 150m long with a mesh size of up to 60cm.

"The shark nets are located around 500m from shore.

"They are a 'bottom-set net' set below the surface of the water."

But the most concerning part is at the end of the spiel (if you make it that far): "Shark nets do not create an enclosed area, or provide a barrier between beachgoers and sharks.

"During periods of rough sea conditions, the nets may be removed."

Don't say you haven't been warned.



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