Shark protection equipment returned to SEQ beaches

News release | 19-Feb-2020

All shark control protection equipment has now been returned to South East Queensland beaches after being temporarily removed due to large swells caused by ex-TC Uesi.

Fisheries Queensland Shark Control Program Manager Michael Mikitis said the last of the nets and drumlines were returned today to the water.

“The shark control program nets and drumlines have been progressively re-installed after being removed from all Gold Coast and Sunshine beaches, Bribie Island and the exposed beaches of North Stradbroke Island,” Mr Mikitis said.

“Setting the shark control equipment is dangerous work so our crews have been monitoring the weather and sea conditions for the earliest opportunity to safely return the equipment to the water.

“In the unlikely event that anyone sees any unsecured shark control equipment including ropes, netting or buoys, they should call the Shark Control Program Hotline on 1800 806 891.

“Whilst the combination of nets and drumlines aims to make beaches safer places to swim at, swimmers should follow safe swimming practices including swimming between the flags and not swimming at dusk or dawn.”

Be Safe. Be SharkSmart

  • Don’t swim at dawn or dusk
  • Always swim in clear water (not in murky water, anchorages, estuary mouths or canals)
  • Don’t throw food scraps or fish waste overboard
  • Don’t swim where fish are being cleaned
  • Swim, surf, snorkel or dive with a buddy
  • Follow local signage and swim between the flags at patrolled beaches.

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Soundbites for commercial radio news bulletins (Mikitis prn: Mi-key-tiss)

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Video footage – Please credit Fisheries Queensland

Setting drumline – File footage of a drumline being set on the Gold Coast

Shark net returned to water – File footage of a shark net being set on the Sunshine Coast

Image – Please credit Fisheries Queensland

IMG_6398 – Shark nets on a Shark Control Program contractor’s vessel

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