NSW to get drum lines to combat shark threat

Beaches in northern NSW will soon have hi-tech drum lines installed off the coast in a bid to combat the ongiong shark threat.

Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair is expected to announce the $16 million shark management strategy in Coffs Harbour on Wednesday.

It’s understood Ballina will be the first beach in the state to get the technology this summer, which hooks and tags sharks before releasing them further out to sea.


GPS buoys alert contractors within minutes of a shark being hooked, so it can then be tagged and moved out to sea away from surfers.

The approach was “based on science, not emotion”, Premier Mike Baird told The Daily Telegraph.

The technology is used in the shark-infested waters off Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.