Shark nets being removed due to weather conditions

News release | 09-Mar-2018

Shark control nets will be removed from some Gold and Sunshine Coast beaches over the next two days due to forecasts of strong winds and potentially dangerous sea conditions.

Shark control nets will be removed from some Gold and Sunshine Coast beaches over the next two days due to forecasts of strong winds and potentially dangerous sea conditions.

Fisheries Queensland Acting Manager Shark Control Program Russell Overton said the nets south from Marochydore and Rainbow Beach would be removed today and nets from Maroochydore to Noosa and on the Gold Coast would be removed tomorrow.

“The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting south to southeasterly winds of up to 30 knots over the weekend with seas increasing to over three metres,” Mr Overton said.

“The current forecast conditions mean it is safe to remove the nets over the next two, so the nets are being removed before they become a potential hazard.

“Additionally, all drumlines between Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast will be de-shackled and hooks removed from water.”

“All gear is expected to be returned to the water next week.”

Mr Overton said high seas caused by strong winds could cause some equipment to become adrift.

“Shark control equipment that is loose in the water can be a danger to swimmers so we must remove the apparatus for a short period for safety reasons,” Mr Overton said.

“We are mindful of the Mooloolaba Iron man event is being held this Saturday and the Quicksilver and Roxy Pro event, which starts at Snapper Rocks on Sunday.

“In rough conditions however, it’s important that people take advice from the lifesaving service about whether it’s safe to swim at all.”

If you see shark control equipment including ropes, netting or buoys that have come loose, call the Shark Control Program Hotline on 1800 806 891.

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Media contact: Brad Muir, 07 3087 8600