The massive swell that’s been pounding the coast hasn’t just affected our beaches, it appears it’s compromised our protection from sharks.
Fisheries Queensland issued an alert warning on Monday that some shark gear has been damaged and dismantled due to the rough weather conditions.
Queensland Shark Control Program Manager Jeff Krause said while some shark nets have been removed and drumlines deactivated, some equipment has come adrift in the heavy swell.
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“On the Gold Coast, the shark nets at Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Kurrawa and Miami have been removed from the water.
“Surface floats and hooks have been removed from drumlines at Narrowneck, Staghorn, Elkorn, Northcliffe, Broadbeach, North Burleigh, Palm Beach and Tugun,” Mr Krause said.
Mr Krause said shark control nets are routinely removed during rough weather so they don’t become a potential hazard, however, the weekend swell was higher than originally forecast and some equipment couldn’t be retrieved safely.
“Even though beaches on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts remain closed to swimming, people need to be aware, there is not the usual protection offered by shark control equipment.”
With the forecast for strong winds and high seas continuing this week, the shark control equipment is unlikely to be fully restored until later in the week.
We’re being urged to call the Shark Control Program on 1800 806 891 if we see any out of place shark control gear including ropes, netting or buoys.