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View of a billabong and buoyant capture team


After the nets have been deployed, they need to be checked systematically and regularly (at least every 10 to 15 minutes). Two people pull the boat along the net, lifting it clear of the water and removing any fish or other wildlife caught incidentally. Each person monitors the net's floats - any movement can indicate a captured crocodile, although it may be a fish or a turtle. Fish are removed to prevent them from entangling the nets, and turtles and crocodiles are removed so they do not drown. Crocodiles are not the only creatures that need to be removed with care - turtles can bite, most fish have a vicious set of spines along their back, and catfish even tip theirs with a mild but painful poison! You soon learn the value of leather gloves.

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