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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