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CALL TO END SHARK NET TRIAL

The New South Wales Greens are calling for an early end to the North Coast shark net trial, in the wake of the latest by-catch figures.

During the first five weeks of the second trial, only one target shark was caught, while 54-non-target species were entangled – almost half of which, died.

“We’re calling on the Minister to pull the nets up now. It’s belligerent to keep them in there when we’ve got this much by-catch so early on and so few target species being caught”

A spokesperson for Primary Industries Minister, Niall Blair, says it’s disappointing the Greens are using the regular, planned release of a monthly report as an opportunity to run a scare campaign.

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