Shark control equipment removed from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
Due to a recent Federal Court decision, shark control equipment has been removed from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park area – equipment is still in place outside of the marine park. Refer to the locations of shark control equipment below.
Follow these safety guidelines to minimise the risk of a shark attack:
- Don’t swim at dawn or dusk.
- Always swim in clear water (not in murky water, busy anchorages, estuary mouths or canals).
- Don’t throw food scraps or fish waste overboard (including in anchorages or where people are swimming).
- Don’t swim where fish are being cleaned.
- Swim, surf, snorkel or dive with a buddy.
- Follow local signage and swim between the flags at patrolled beaches.
Read more about how you can Be Safe. Be SharkSmart.
Beaches with shark control equipment
We recommend you swim only at patrolled beaches that have shark control equipment in place.
|North Stradbroke Island|
|Townsville and Magnetic Island|
Locations of shark control equipment
A Federal Court decision requires that all sharks caught within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park must now be tagged and released alive within 24 hours of capture. At this time, the department cannot safely comply with these new conditions.
As a result, shark control equipment has been removed from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Shark control equipment has been removed completely from the following locations:
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Capricorn Coast South
Shark control equipment has been removed from the marine park and additional equipment installed outside the marine park in the following locations:
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Townsville and Magnetic Island
Capricorn Coast North
Existing equipment remains in place south of Townsville in the following locations: