28 September 2015: Australia’s coastal councils have called on the Turnbull Government to lead a national collaborative effort to reduce the risk of shark attacks.
Barry Sammels, the Chair of the Australian Coastal Councils Association, said there is an urgent need to identify effective strategies to reduce death and injury from shark attack and to restore tourism activity in Australia’s coastal areas to normal levels. Continue reading National Leadership needed on Shark Threat
The NSW government has commenced a shark-monitoring program to reduce the risk of shark attacks on the NSW north coast. The $250,000 program involves on-water surveillance by the Department of Primary Industries and CSIRO together with a public education campaign. Continue reading $250,000 NSW Shark Monitoring Program Gets Underway
While the general public is largely unaware of the extent of Illegal sand mining the issue represents a growing global problem, according to Christian Hellwig, a political risk analyst with Global Risk Insights.
Writing in the journal International Policy Digest he warns that an estimated 75% to 90% of the world’s natural sand beaches are at risk of disappearing as a result of illegal mining, which has already caused severe supply shortages and the loss of numerous beaches around the world. Continue reading Illegal Sand Mining Threatens the World’s Natural Sand Beaches
A competition to identify Australia’s ‘saddest’ beach has been announced by Naomi Edwards, coordinator of the Younger Australian Coastal Society.
The competition, launched on 21 March – World Happiness Day – is aimed at finding Australia’s most distressed beach and then working to rehabilitate it. Continue reading Competition to Find Australia’s ‘Saddest’ Beach
A new book written by an American geologist and an Irish professor of coastal studies argues that the world’s beaches are at risk of extinction. Continue reading Are the world’s beaches at risk of extinction?