Five great white sharks have been caught in northern NSW two days after controversial shark nets were deployed.
Protesters confronted the NSW Premier as he announced a six month trial of shark nets on the state's far north coast.
A 2.72 metre white shark, 3 metre white shark, 2.37 metre and a 2.59m female white shark were also caught, tagged and released from Lennox head to Evans Head beach along the coast.
Four others were snagged on drum lines.
In addition the the snared sharks, the Department of Primary Industries reportedly spotted from the air a 3.5-metre great white shark near The Pass in Byron Bay.
The 3-point-2 metre long predator was one of five sharks caught on Saturday, according to The Daily Telegraph.
All have been tagged and released.
Byron Police and surf lifesavers helped shepherd the shark away from the area.
Shark nets have been installed at five locations in the Ballina and Evans Head regions in an attempt to hose down fears about the deadly creatures roaming the waters.
The sharks are the first caught in the newly deployed nets and drumlines installed in response to a rash of shark attacks in the area.
Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair told News Corp: "The last 48 hours have been busy for our researchers".
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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