BREAKING NEWS: Shark Net Trial Legislation To Be Introduced

24 Oct 2016 21

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A press statement has just issued by the Premier's Office regarding the installation of the shark nets on the NSW North Coast following this morning's shark attack at Broken Head in NSW.

The NSW Government will introduce a Bill to the NSW Parliament in the last session this year to legalise a six-month trial of traditional shark nets on the North Coast, with deployment to occur immediately following its successful passage.

The announcement follows activation of the NSW Department of Primary Industries Shark Incident Response Plan after a man suffered injuries to his thigh in a shark attack at Broken Head near Byron Bay on the North Coast this morning.

Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair said the NSW Government will introduce dedicated legislation to regulate mesh nets on the North Coast so that a trial can commence as soon as possible.

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“Last week the Department of Primary Industries held meetings with the community on the North Coast to discuss the design of the six-month trial, including locations, and the NSW Government is seeking approval from the Commonwealth,” Mr Blair said.

“We know that the North Coast community is suffering after an extraordinary run of shark attacks – that is why we have today announced that we will introduce legislation to the NSW Parliament, to get the nets in the water as soon as possible.

“No one measure can stop shark attacks, but this trial of traditional nets will complement our existing $16 million Shark Management Strategy, and help reduce the risk of further attacks.

“Marine life is important, which is why DPI’s world-leading fisheries experts are investigating how mesh nets might be improved to avoid unnecessary entanglements, but protecting human life is our first priority.”

DPI has commenced procurement of nets and started negotiations with contractors, to allow immediate roll-out following approval from the Commonwealth and the passage of the legislation through the NSW Parliament.

The proposed NSW legislation will streamline an approvals process, which is currently spread across various NSW Acts. The Commonwealth's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 will continue to apply.

For more information about the $16 million Shark Management Strategy, visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/sharks/shark-management.

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