Shark nets returned to beaches after Cyclone Oma

SHARKS nets have been reinstalled at beaches on the Gold Coast after Tropical Cyclone Oma.

Fisheries Queensland Shark Control Program Acting Manager Chris Watts said all shark control protection equipment had been reinstalled progressively as beach conditions improved.

Mr Watts said nets and drumlines were returned to the water on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts last week, while the last of the nets were returned at Rainbow Beach today.


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“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,” Mr Watts said.

“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.”

SharkSmart swimming practices:

  • Swim between the flags at patrolled beaches.
  • Swim, surf, snorkel or dive with a mate.
  • Don’t swim at dawn or dusk when sharks are more active.
  • Don’t swim in murky water, anchorages, estuary mouths or canals.
  • Don’t throw food scraps overboard.
  • Don’t swim/surf near or interfere with shark control equipment.
  • Don’t swim near schools of fish or where fish are being cleaned.

Anyone who sees any unsecured shark control equipment including ropes, netting or buoys, should call the Shark Control Program Hotline on 1800 806 891.

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