Updated: May 2018
A second shark net trial commenced in November, at five beaches on the NSW North Coast following a review of the first trial.
The second trial took place at the same five beaches - Lighthouse Beach (Ballina), Sharpes Beach (Ballina), Shelly Beach (Ballina), Seven Mile Beach (Lennox Head) and Evans Head – and was timed to follow the peak southward whale migration period.
The nets were again fitted with dolphin pingers and whale alarms. The second trial also investigated changes to net operation and design to reduce bycatch (animals caught other than target sharks).
Up to 35 SMART drumlines were deployed daily (weather permitting) between Lennox Head and Evans Head, as well as aerial surveillance on weekends and school holidays in the region.
Read more about the results of the first North Coast Shark Net Trial: