Dolphin dies in Newport beach shark net
The death of a dolphin trapped in a shark net set off Sydney’s Northern beaches yesterday has been badged a complete disgrace by Humane Society International (HSI).
“The death of a male dolphin in the shark net off Newport beach in Sydney yesterday is a brutal demonstration of the impacts of these nets on marine life, and yet another reason it is time to remove shark nets,” said HSI’s Senior Program Manager Alexia Wellbelove.
The death of this dolphin comes just months after a young whale calf became tangled and drowned in the shark net set off Mona Vale beach in October 2013.
“Targeted shark control programs provide no real protection for humans, but continue to be indiscriminate killers of our marine life,” continued Ms Wellbelove. “Shark nets and drumlines set in the waters off the East Coast of Australia, and soon to be deployed in Western Australia, may have been put in place to protect ocean users, but the reality is they cause far more harm to our marine life, whilst providing very little additional benefit to protect us from the tragic but rare event of shark encounters.”
Ms Wellbelove continued, “This government sanctioned killing of our whales, dolphins and other marine life must stop. HSI is calling for the NSW shark meshing program to be urgently reviewed in light of these deaths and for the NSW Government to remove shark nets once and for all.”
Shark nets are indiscriminate killers of our marine life, including dugongs, turtles, the great white shark and other harmless sharks such as the critically endangered grey nurse shark. HSI believes that shark control programs are an out-dated and ineffective method of protecting the population, and that instead State Governments would be better investing in alternate strategies as well as further increasing capacity to educate ocean users of the risks of shark encounters.
New South Wales law has recognised shark netting as a ‘key threatening process’ since 2003, following a scientific submission to Government by HSI.