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    This is the start of the first full scale shark meshing operation off the Queensland coast.

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    Background: This is the start of the first full scale shark meshing operation off the Queensland coast. It was being carried out around NOOSA, a popular resort area to the North of Brisbane and the scene of a fatal shark attack earlier this season.

    A professional fisherman, Mr. Bruce Harris, has been given a Government contract to mesh for sharks in the next two months. Specially made nets are being used in an attempt to catch the sharks - but a school of porpoises was the first to investigate the net.

    Laguna Bay at Noosa, where the shark fatality occurred two months ago. Meshing operations will be carried out off beaches such as this both to the south and north of Brisbane for the trial period of two months.

    Now to see the results of the meshing. And this catch included a giant ray. Shark meshing operations have proved effective off the New South Wales coast already and if this trial is successful, a full time meshing operation may be launched in Queensland.

    The local surf lifesaving club at Noosa got this catch to help raise money. And by the time this operation finishes, there should be many more.

    Here's another - this time a twelve foot tiger shark. The fisherman have put out set lines as well, some way out to sea, using the nets closer to the beach as a second line of defence.

    A bronze whaler - and in the first few days of this shark meshing operation, twenty sharks were landed. From this trial meshing will come a pattern for a full scale protection of Queensland beaches.

    The aim is to make Queensland's sunny beaches safer for the swimming public and an even bigger tourist attraction. It is a campaign with an urgent purpose - to safeguard the beaches against sharks.

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