Updated: November 2017
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 is taking 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 are again fitted with dolphin pingers and whale alarms. The second trial is also investigating changes to net operation and design to reduce bycatch (animals caught other than target sharks).
Up to 35 SMART drumlines continue to be 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: