Last year 86% of marine species caught in NSW shark nets were NON-target species. We lost three turtles in the Bate Bay nets in 8 months alone. On the Central Coast we lost several Leatherback turtles that died as a result of the nets.
Whales, seals, sea lions, rays, dolphins and non-target sharks are killed. Many of the animals that get caught in these nets do not survive – they are not rescued fast enough ( more than 1/3 of the netted animals) and many of those that are classified as ‘officially alive on release’ did not survive including the turtles due to injuries and stress from the nets.
There is a strong case for the use of scientifically smarter and non-lethal technologies such as drones, tagging, personal shark deterrents.
In NSW a #sharknet is 150 metres by 6 metres, located approximately 500 metres off shore where it is approximately 12 metres deep. They do not form a barrier, they do not enclose an area or provide safety, nets do not prevent sharks from swimming over, under or around. In NSW nets do not go to the surface, in QLD the nets do not go to the bottom.
To learn and understand why we want the #netsoutnow – the removal of the deep water NSW SHARK MESH NETS (not the removal of ocean pools), Sutherland Shire Environment Centre is glad to sponsor this important film organised by SO Shire.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A featuring special guest speakers: 🦈 Sea Shepherd Australia NSW Shark Defence Coordinator Hunter Jade Derusha and, 🦈 Sarah Han de Beaux from Saving Norman and Spot a Shark – and…..more guests to be announced !