Shark nets returned to Gold Coast beaches

News release | 04-Apr-2022

All sharks nets have been returned to the Gold Coast’s beaches after being temporarily removed due to last week’s rough weather.

Fisheries Queensland Shark Control Program Operations Coordinator Sam Fary said the nets were removed after a forecast of strong winds and large swells.

“It’s standard procedure to remove the shark control equipment when rough weather is forecast to prevent damage to it ,and avoid the chance of it coming loose and posing a danger to water users,” Mr Fary said.

“With the worst of the weather having passed, the easing conditions have allowed our teams to restore the nets to the water.

“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 most Gold Coast beaches open again, beach goers are reminded to be SharkSmart every time they are on or in 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 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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