Shark nets sheltering NSW beaches after string of attacks

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Shark nets are being introduced to New South Wales beaches after an attack on a surfer there on Wednesday.

All beaches in the Ballina Shire were temporarily closed after a shark knocked a 25-year-old man off his surfboard and bit his right leg at Sharpes Beach.

It was only a small wound, but has been the sixth attack in 21 months in the area.

Two weeks earlier, five kilometres south of Sharpes Beach, a great white shark mauled 17-year-old surfer Cooper Allan.

After Wednesday's attack, Premier Mike Baird announced the Government would trial shark nets in the area.

"There are extraordinary circumstances that have happened there, we have to respond," Mr Baird said.

"We will be responding, which is why we will be writing and asking the Federal Government, which we've already been engaging on this issue [with], to trial for six months nets across those far north coast beaches."

Police told local media it looked like the surfboard had taken most of the impact from the shark's teeth, and the surfer was lucky to be alive.