Rough weather forces removal of SEQ shark program equipment

News release | 27-May-2021

Shark control program equipment has been removed from South East Queensland beaches due to forecast rough weather.

Fisheries Queensland Shark Control Program Operations Coordinator Sam Fary said removing the equipment was normal practice when rough weather was predicted.

“A significant weather event is predicted to affect Rainbow Beach, and Gold and Sunshine Coast beaches this weekend and into Monday, with winds predicted to be in excess of 25 to 30 knots, with 4.5 metres of swell,” Mr Fary said.

“Nets have been removed from Rainbow Beach and all Gold and Sunshine Coast beaches, however drumlines will remain in the water.

“We will keep a close eye on the weather and teams are ready to respond to re-install the gear, or check gear that couldn’t be removed, when the weather conditions allow.”

Mr Fary said temporarily removing the equipment was also a public safety issue.

“High seas can cause some equipment to come adrift, and loose shark control equipment can be a danger to swimmers and boats,” Mr Fary said.

“Anyone who sees any unsecured shark control equipment including ropes, netting or buoys, should call the Shark Control Program Hotline on 1800 806 891.

“Swimmers are also advised to follow safe swimming practices, including swimming between the flags and not swimming at dusk or dawn, particularly with the shark control equipment out of action temporarily.

“In rough conditions, it’s important that people take advice from lifesavers and lifeguards as to whether they should go into the water.”

Do your part. Be SharkSmart

  • Swim between the flags at patrolled beaches and check signage
  • Have a buddy and look out for each other
  • Avoid swimming at dawn or dusk
  • Reduce risk, avoid schools of bait fishing or diving birds
  • Keep fish waste and food scraps out of the water where people swim
  • Swim in clear water away from fishers

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