MARINE DEATHS ESCALATE AS NETS REMAIN IN THE WATER
Even more shocking statistics have been released by NSW DPI on the north coast shark net trial today.
“This reckless experiment has now killed 14 great hammerhead sharks, 6 manta rays, 3 turtles, and 2 bottlenose dolphins,” said Nicola Beynon, Head of Campaigns at Humane Society International.
“It cannot be shown that the nets are effective at protecting ocean users, but there can be no doubt that they are very effective at killing marine wildlife. That can be the only conclusion from this experiment which must be brought to an immediate end.
“Manta rays, turtles and great hammerheads are all globally threatened species and Australia is bound to protect them under a number of international treaties.
“The increase in deaths of harmless, threatened and protected species killed in the second month of the trial cannot be allowed to be repeated again next month.
“The Federal and State Governments used a ‘national interest’ loophole in laws to protect threatened species in order to allow these nets in the water. What should be in our national interest is to protect our marine turtles, rays and sharks.
“The north coast is a highly ecologically diverse area and the community is so lucky to have such incredible species at their door step. Surely the surfers in Ballina who demanded the nets be installed must be having second thoughts over this many deaths of endangered turtles, harmless sharks and rays.
“If these numbers continue for another 4 months it will be a disaster for marine populations around Byron Bay, an area that is known internationally for its beautiful beaches and unique marine environment, Ms Beynon concluded.
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