Rough weather forces removal of SEQ shark program equipment

News release | 02-Feb-2022

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



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


Fisheries Queensland Shark Control Program Operations Coordinator Sam Fary said taking gear out was normal practice in these circumstances.


“A significant weather event is predicted to affect the Wide Bay, Sunshine Cost and Gold Coast region from late Thursday through to next Tuesday,” he said.


“Winds could be in excess of 30-35knts with 4 metre swells. Removing the equipment is for public safety. High seas can cause equipment to come adrift, and loose shark control equipment is a danger to swimmers and boats.


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


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


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


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.


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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Audio grab: Fisheries Queensland Shark Control Program Operations Coordinator Sam Fary - 30 seconds https://www.dropbox.com/s/rnbnzrhgp0osu0g/SCP%20gear%20removed%20Feb2022.mp3?dl=0


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