New 'eco' nets offer hope for shark-plagued stretch of coast
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 November, 2015 - After three surfers were attacked at the same New South Wales beach in the space of just five months, local officials are reeling in search of methods to keep the public safe from future shark attacks. According to the latest news roundup everything from increased aerial and jetski patrols to econets has been floated.
Australia's Department of Primary Industries said they would be using new meshing technology at Lighthouse Beach in the coming months.
The Eco Shark barriers in discussion are a plastic alternative to shark nets that allow smaller fish to swim through large holes. The gaps have a maximum width of 30 centimeters, too small for larger sharks to swim through but big enough to let the little fish through.
Proponents say the Eco Shark barriers also prevent marine life from being harmed.
In a related Skynews article Ballina shark spotter Tim Latimer says he's never seen such large numbers of great whites in the area as he has this year. The shark spotters are mostly volunteers who patrol by chopper. Latimer radios in to police and authorities whenever he spots sharks in close proximity to surfers and swimmers.
'This year is the first time we've seen the numbers of great whites we're seeing, very large sharks,' he told Skynews.
He says he can often see four or five during a single flight, but they're not always near swimmers or surfers.
The area’s latest attack victim, Sam Morgan who was attacked by a bull shark, is still in an induced coma at Gold Coast Hospital