Shark culls for North Coast beaches ruled out
SHARK culls have been ruled out but the State Government says North Coast beaches are the perfect place to trial new shark-repelling technologies.
Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair said tenders have been called for independent agencies to review new technologies including sonar or magnetic deterrents, barriers, land-based shark spotters and chemical or electrical repellents.
"It is envisaged that this review and the subsequent workshop will identify any new emerging technologies that have potential for trialling in New South Wales coastal ocean waters, with options for northern NSW beaches to be included in any such trials," he said.
"Results of the review and workshop will be presented to the northern NSW community to assist them in their efforts to reduce shark interactions."
Mr Blair said his department had already identified staff based in the region to help with any future shark inter-action mitigation strategies.
"In addition, grant opportunities exist for land-based observation infrastructure to be installed on the North Coast to assist in spotting sharks under the towns grant program," he said.
North Coast surfers this week called for a limited shark cull but have failed to sway the government.
"The Premier ruled out shark culls earlier this year," Mr Blair said.
"At this stage there are no plans to change this."
- APN NEWSDESK