Weather affects Gold Coast shark control equipment

News release | 16-Oct-2018

Gold Coast beachgoers are advised to take extra caution after some shark control equipment dislodged in bad weather.

Fisheries Queensland Shark Control Program Manager Jeff Krause said the shark net at Mermaid Beach is adrift in the surf zone and could pose a risk to kite surfers, board riders and swimmers.

“The Mermaid Beach net opposite beach tower number 26 near Hedges Avenue is loose but still has floats attached and is visible,” Mr Krause said.

“Surf lifesavers and Council lifeguards are monitoring the net which can’t be retrieved as the surf is too rough and conditions still too dangerous.

“We are constantly monitoring the weather conditions so that the net can be retrieved as soon as it’s safe to do so.”

Mr Krause said the shark net at Main Beach has also washed ashore and a drumline is missing.

“People using Mermaid Beach and Main Beach need to be aware that shark control equipment is not in place and they should take advice from lifesavers as to whether they should go into the water in rough conditions.

“It could be Thursday before the weather is suitable for the shark control equipment to be fully restored on the Gold Coast.”

If people see any loose shark control equipment including ropes, netting or buoys, they should call the Shark Control Program Hotline on 1800 806 891.

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Media contact: Dianne Bye, (07) 3087 8577