Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Shark Net Fears for Humpbacks

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Shark Net Fears for Humpbacks

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THE sighting of a humpback whale off the coast last week has sparked calls for the immediate removal of shark nets from our beaches.

Tweed Seasports owner Peter Comerford snapped a photo of the humpback last Thursday during a dive trip at Nine Mile Reef east of Fingal Head.

Following the sighting Sea Shepherd has ramped up its calls for an end to the shark meshing program.

Sea Shepherd spokeswoman Allyson Jennings said the nets were removed earlier than planned last year due to the whale migration.

"If the nets are accessible, they should be coming out immediately," Ms Jennings said.

Ms Jennings said there were several whale entanglements each year in Queensland where the nets were deployed year-round.

A juvenile humpback died in Sydney in 2013 after it became entangled in a shark net off Mona Vale.

A DPI spokeswoman said in a statement the department was "continuing to monitor the whale migration" jointly with the Office of Environment and Heritage. …

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