Updated: 17 August 2018
A second shark net trial commenced in November 2017, 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 second shark net trial concluded in May 2018. Following extensive community consultation, a third trial of shark nets is not planned for next Summer.
Up to 35 SMART drumlines will continue to be trialled daily (weather permitting) between Lennox Head and Evans Head, as well as aerial surveillance on weekends and school holidays in the region. NSW DPI is working with beach authorities on further drone trials on the North Coast.
Community consultation was undertaken to monitor the levels of acceptance to the presence and operation of the shark nets via community surveys.
Three surveys were conducted (before and at the end of the first trial and at the end of the second trial). Each included random and representative telephone surveys of over 600 residents in the Ballina Shire and Evans Head region, as well as an online survey for anyone to answer.
Read more about the community survey results on the second North Coast Shark Net Trial: