Warning to Sunshine Coast beachgoers as weather affects shark control equipment

News release | 17-Oct-2018

Sunshine Coast beachgoers are advised to take extra caution after some shark control equipment dislodged in bad weather.

Fisheries Queensland Shark Control Program Manager Jeff Krause said a drumline is reportedly adrift in the surf zone at Buddina Beach which could pose a safety risk to people in the water.

“Hazard signs have been erected on the beach to warn people about the danger,” Mr Krause said.

“The sea conditions are too rough to attempt to retrieve the shark control drumline, however, a drumline which washed ashore from Point Cartwright has been retrieved by the local Shark Control Program contractor.

“There are also no shark control nets at Mooloolaba, Wurtulla and Caloundra beaches after they were removed last Thursday in anticipation of the rough weather conditions.

“Beachgoers including kite surfers and board riders should be aware that shark control equipment is not in place and they should take advice from surf lifesavers as to whether it’s safe to go into the water.

“It could be Thursday before the weather is suitable to fully restore all shark control equipment to Sunshine Coast beaches.”

If people see any loose shark control equipment including ropes, netting or buoys, they should call the Shark Control Program Hotline on 1800 806 891.

Media contact: Dianne Bye, (07) 3087 8577