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Queensland defends shark netting programme

The Queensland government has rebuffed calls from opposition parties to end its controversial shark attack prevention programme despite netting dolphins and other marine animals in the ocean off the Gold Coast.

A shark off the coast of Queensland.
A shark off the coast of Queensland. Image by Paul Fenwick / CC BY-SA 2.0

Since the drum lines were introduced in the Gold Coast 50 years ago there has been only one attack on a person, and the Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne said his top priority was human lives. The Greens have called on the government to release data on how many marine animals have been killed after being caught in shark nets. Read more: abc.net.au