Dangerous weather conditions affect shark control program

News release | 19-Feb-2018

Fisheries Queensland has issued an alert about changes to shark control equipment due to the current dangerous sea conditions in South East Queensland.

Queensland Shark Control Program Manager Jeff Krause said while some shark nets have been removed and drumlines deactivated, some equipment has come adrift in the heavy swell.

“On the Gold Coast, the shark nets at Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Kurrawa and Miami have been removed from the water,” Mr Krause said.

“Surface floats and hooks have been removed from drumlines at Narrowneck, Staghorn, Elkorn, Northcliffe, Broadbeach, North Burleigh, Palm Beach and Tugun.

“The strong seas have pushed a shark net at Bilinga closer into shore and dislodged a drumline adjacent to the Sheraton Mirage.

“On the Sunshine Coast, a drumline has washed ashore at Sunshine Beach and a surface float has been found at Marcoola.

“If people see shark control gear including ropes, netting or buoys which has come loose, they should call the Shark Control Program Hotline on 1800 806 891.”

Mr Krause said shark control nets are routinely removed during rough weather so they don’t become a potential hazard, however, the weekend swell was higher than originally forecast and some equipment couldn’t be retrieved safely.

“Even though beaches on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts remain closed to swimming, people need to be aware, there is not the usual protection offered by shark control equipment.

“A forecast for strong winds combined with the high seas, means the shark control equipment is unlikely to be fully restored until later this week, possibly on Thursday or Friday depending on weather conditions.”

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