Conservationists decry NSW shark net trial after protected species caught and killed

New South Wales shark nets caught just one targeted shark but continued to kill protected species this summer, a result environmentalists have described as “unfathomable”.Figures released this week from a trial of shark nets on northern NSW’s beaches show they have caught a single bull shark in November and December.The nets caught no tiger or white sharks – the two other species they are aimed at – but did kill a series of turtles, rays and other sharks. The nets also caught a critically endangered grey nurse shark, although it was released alive.

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