Deployment of nets won't come until after peak summer usage
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 January, 2016 - The northern New South Wales coast in Australia has delayed the installation of new shark barriers along a section of coast plagued by shark encounters. Estimates are that the new nets, which alert responders when a shark is caught so they can be tagged and released, won’t be in use until Autumn.
According to News.com, a NSW Department of Primary Industries spokesman said that the delay was due to the department wanting to make sure the nets worked for the local community.
“Both barriers are already under construction and our plan is to have them in the water in a timely manner however community involvement and consultation on the way forward is critical," a department spokesman said.
The new barriers fall under the state government's $16 million shark strategy plan enacted to guard ocean users in the northern NSW area.
The report said the net for Ballina's Lighthouse beach won't be in the water until the end of February while the barrier for Lennox Head beach would be deployed even later.
Surf lifesavers and helicopters will continue to patrol the beaches for sharks until Easter. Fifty-one beaches in NSW are protected by traditional shark nets.