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How we catch and detect sharks

The shark control program started in 1962 following several fatal shark bites across Queensland. The program has traditionally used shark nets and drumlines (baited hooks) to reduce the risk of shark bites.

The program is trialling new technologies, including catch alert drumlines and drones, to catch and deter sharks, in accordance with the Queensland Shark Management Plan 2021–2025. Trialling new technologies is part of our commitment to review and adapt the shark control program in line with emerging science and community expectations.

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Last updated: 23 Dec 2021