Safety warning as wild weather dislodges Gold Coast shark control drumline

News release | 14-Dec-2020

Fisheries Queensland advises that a shark control drumline at Narrowneck Beach on the Gold Coast has been dislodged during rough weather. 

Queensland Shark Control Program Manager Michael Mikitis said the drumline is currently in the surf zone in front of Gold Coast City Council lifeguard tower 38.

“Shark control equipment including drumlines that are loose in the water can be very dangerous, especially if someone becomes entangled,” Mr Mikitis said.

“Due to beach erosion and strong tidal surges, it is not possible to put a safety sign at the location of the dislodged drumline to warn the public.

“Fisheries Queensland, Surf Life Saving Queensland and Council lifeguards are closely monitoring the situation and as soon as weather permits, the equipment will be retrieved and relocated.”

The community is advised that other shark control equipment may have moved as a result of the significant weather being experienced.  Fisheries Queensland is continuing to monitor all equipment and if it poses a risk to water users further alerts will be released.

Shark control nets at vulnerable beaches on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Rainbow Beach were removed last week in anticipation of the bad weather conditions.

Anyone who sees shark control gear, including ropes, netting or buoys, which has come loose, please call the Shark Hotline on 1800 806 891. 

The community is reminded that many of South East Queensland’s beaches are currently closed and water users should follow the advice of lifesavers and lifeguards.

ENDS

Media contact: DAF Media, media@daf.qld.gov.au