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Endangered hammerhead killed in Gold Coast shark nets

Death sparks fresh nets debate

Endangered hammerhead killed in Gold Coast shark nets Image: Sea Shepherd Australia

Debate over the future of shark nets in Gold Coast waters has sparked once again after an endangered shark was found dead in the waters off Tallebudgera Beach.

The Great Hammerhead's body was found in the nets on Monday, with the shark's population under pressure from wildlife control programs and fishing, according to conservation groups.

The species is listed as endangered under the IUCN Red List.

It sparked Sea Shepherd Australia to put pressure on the Queensland Government to provide non-lethal shark monitoring and control.

“Once again, we see another endangered species which has never posed a threat to ocean users die unnecessarily," said spokesperson Jonathan Clark.

"These nets do nothing more than indiscriminately kill marine life while providing a false sense of security to ocean users."