Shark nets returned to SEQ beaches

News release | 26-Jul-2022

Shark control program equipment has been been returned to South East Queensland beaches after being temporarily removed due to last week’s rough weather.

Fisheries Queensland Shark Control Program Operations Coordinator Sam Fary said nets from Rainbow Beach and all Gold and Sunshine Coast beaches, and drumlines from Ocean Beach on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) were removed after a forecast of strong winds and large swells.

“We keep a close eye on 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,” Mr Fary said.

“With the weather having improved, the easing conditions have allowed our teams to restore the equipment to the water.

“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.

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

With 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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