A huge amount of sea life is being killed along the Hunter's coastline due to shark nets.
A report by the Department of Primary Industries found 291 sharks, stingrays, dolphins and turtles found themselves tangled in the nets between Stockton and Catherine Hill Bay last financial year.
46 per cent (134) died, including grey nurse and great white sharks, green turtles and bottlenose dolphins.
Most of the marine life was caught in nets at Catherine Hill Bay, Blacksmiths, Redhead and Stockton.
However during the same period, no shark attacks on humans were recorded.
The report found 748 'marine life interactions' with nets from Newcastle to Wollongong during 2015/16, which is significantly higher than the previous 12 months.
Of the 748 animals, 51 were released alive.