Shark control nets restored after rough weather

News release | 19-May-2022

Shark Control Program nets has now been returned to Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast beaches following last week’s rough weather.

Fisheries Queensland Shark Control Program Operations Coordinator Sam Fary said the nets had been restored to Gold and Sunshine Coast as conditions permitted.

“It’s standard procedure to remove the shark control equipment when rough weather is forecast which is why the nets were removed from the Gold and Sunshine Coast beaches,” Mr Fary said.

“We maintain a constant watch of weather conditions and act as required to ensure swimmer safety through the SharkSmart campaign and the Shark Control Program, which operates at 86 Queensland beaches.

“With Gold and Sunshine Coast beaches open again, beach goers are reminded to be SharkSmart every time they are on or in the water.

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

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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