Shark nets returned to Gold Coast beaches

Shark nets have been returned to all Gold Coast beaches, after last week’s wild weather.

Fisheries Queensland says all shark control protection equipment, including drum lines, has been reinstalled along the southeast Queensland coast.

They had to be temporarily removed last week due to the large swells brought in by ex-Tropical Cyclone Uesi.


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

“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.

“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,” Mr Mikitis said.

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