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Five great white sharks caught in NSW nets

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Shark caught near sight of mauling. Photo: AAP
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Two days after nets were installed to prevent shark attacks, five great whites have been trapped on the NSW north coast.

Department of ­Primary Industry researchers say the sharks, including a 3.2m female, were snagged on smart drumlines.

The 3.2m shark was trapped at Sharpes Beach, north of Ballina, close to where surfer Seneca Rus, 25, was ­attacked in October.

The shark was tagged and ­released as part of the coastal surveillance program.

She was the largest shark caught yesterday by ­Primary Industry researchers Dr Paul Butcher and Dr Matt Broadhurst. Two net inspections are carried out each day.

Other sharks caught were a 3m great white at Lennox Head, another measuring 2.7m at South Ballina, and two at Evans Head measuring 2.5m and 2.3m.

Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair told News Corp: “The last 48 hours have been busy for our researchers. Capturing, tagging and releasing five sharks in one morning is significant by any measure.”

There have been six shark ­attacks so far this year on the north and mid-north coasts.

The first 10 of an additional 85 smart drumlines were placed in the water on Thursday.

While traditional drumlines are known to kill sharks, sharks have a better chance of surviving smart drumlines because they issue an alert to allow the sharks to be tagged and released alive.

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