Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

We Need Shark Nets - They Really Work

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

We Need Shark Nets - They Really Work

Article excerpt

BALLINA needs shark nets, as does every other popular tourist beach in Australia that doesn't have them.

I'm tired of the emotion around shark nets.

Yes, dolphins, turtles and even whales can be innocent victims caught in the nets across our popular beaches.

I'm sorry they get hurt, even killed.

But it doesn't change the fact shark nets have led to a dramatic reduction in shark attacks worldwide.

Take my former homeland, South Africa, and its history of shark attacks and shark nets.

Durban, in Kwazulu/Natal, experienced 21 shark attacks - seven fatal - between 1943 and 1951.

This led authorities to look to Australia, of all places, for ideas and adopted the shark-net program already in place at some of Sydney's beaches.

The results, in my opinion, spoke for themselves.

Attacks decreased on the beaches that were netted and continued at those that weren't, until the nets were widespread across tourist locations.

I don't know why shark nets work. …

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