Sunny Coast shark nets removed during rough weather

News release | 06-Apr-2021

Some Shark Control Program nets are being removed from Sunshine Coast beaches today due to predicted rough weather.

Fisheries Queensland Shark Control Program Operations Coordinator Sam Fary said it was standard practice to take equipment out of the water temporarily when bad weather conditions were forecast.

“A low pressure system tracking down the coast from the Mackay area is expected to reach the Sunshine Coast by Sunday and into Monday with strong winds and big swells,” he said.

Nets will be removed from:

  • Coolum Beach
  • Marcoola Beach
  • Maroochydore Beach
  • Alexandra Headland
  • Mooloolaba Beach
  • Wurtulla Beach
  • Caloundra Beach.

All drumlines will be baited and remain on station.  Nets will be put back once it’s safe to do.

The Gold Coast is not expected to experience the same weather conditions as the Sunshine Coast and those nets will remain 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.

In rough conditions, it’s important that people take advice from Surf Life Saving Queensland as to whether they should go into the water.

Water users are urged to do their part and follow the SharkSmart tips to stay safe 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 fish or diving birds

Keep fish waste and food scraps out of the water where people swim

Swim in clear water and away from fishers

For more SharkSmart tips, search ‘SharkSmart Queensland’.

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