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NORTH COAST SHARK NET TRIAL IN DEVELOPMENT

Plans are underway for a six month trial of shark netting on the North Coast after key stakeholders met with DPI representatives in Ballina yesterday. The introduction of nets was discussed as an additional measure alongside the SMART drum lines, aerial surveillance, drones and listening stations already in place. So far, 41 great whites and five bull sharks have been tagged and relocated off north coast beaches. (NO AUDIO)  

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DPI EXTENDING SHARK-SPOTTING DRONE TRIAL

The state government’s shark-spotting drone trial, will soon extend to cover Evans Head and Ballina beaches. It follows initial testing at Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie. Each drone will patrol 4-kilometre stretches of beach for a period of four hours. CASA certified pilots will fly the additional patrols from local surf clubs, which are due to commence next week. (VISION ONLY)

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ARTIFICIAL REEF COMING TO LIFE

Six months on from its installation, Port Macquarie’s new artificial reef has been hailed a success. The Department of Primary Industries says 15 species of fish have already been identified in the ecosystem. “We’re not just seeing adult fish, we’re seeing lots of juvenile fish – and for us that’s a really good indication that the reef is providing a productive benefit for the area, it’s not just pulling fish from other areas,” DPI Fisheries Enhancement Manager Heath Folpp said. The reef was designed to boost recreational fishing off the coast, with the environment predominantly sand. “It’ll continue to change over the next sort of 3 to 5 years, after that I think it’ll stabilize and you’ll see a community on the reef that’s very similar to the natural reef that’s found in that area.” (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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