Rough weather forces removal of shark control equipment

News release | 11-Dec-2020

Some Shark Control Program nets are being removed from South East Queensland beaches due to predicted rough weather.

Fisheries Queensland Shark Control Program Operations Coordinator Sam Fary said it is normal practice to take equipment out of the water temporarily when bad weather conditions are forecast.

“A low pressure system will affect South East Queensland over the weekend and into early next week, with winds of more than 35 knots and swells up to 4.5 metres expected,” Mr Fary said.

“It’s important that our Shark Control Program contractors act early to prevent equipment becoming dislodged and posing a risk to swimmers and boats.

“Shark control nets will be removed from vulnerable locations on the Sunshine Coast, Rainbow Beach and the Gold Coast starting tomorrow (Friday, 11 December 2020).”

Mr Fary said contractors will pull three shark control nets out at Rainbow Beach and eight nets at Coolum, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Wurtulla and Caloundra tomorrow.

“On the Gold Coast, the Main Beach, Kurrawa and Tallebudgera nets will also be taken out on Friday, with the Kirra, Coolangatta, Miami and Currumbin nets expected to be removed on Saturday,” he said.

“The nets will be redeployed to the water as soon as it is safe to do so.”

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 nets out of action temporarily.

In rough conditions, it’s important that people take advice from the Queensland Surf Lifesaving Service 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 fish or diving birds
Keep fish waste and food scraps out of the water where people swim
​​​​​​​Swim in clear water and away from fishers

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