Rough conditions force shark net removal

The forecast rough ocean conditions prompted the removal of nets.

 Noosa beaches won’t have the added security of shark nets as of today, as rough conditions are expected to continue this week and into the weekend.

Shark control nets are being removed from South East Queensland beaches due to forecast rough weather.

Fisheries Queensland Shark Control Program Manager Michael Mikitis said removing the nets was normal practice when rough weather was predicted.

“A combination of strong winds this weekend and a potential tropical low that is forecast to impact South East Queensland next weekend makes removing the nets now necessary before the weather worsens,” Mr Mikitis said.

“Nets will be removed from all Gold Coast beaches, all Sunshine Coast beaches and Rainbow Beach over the next two days however drumlines will remain in place at this stage.

“We will keep a close eye on the weather and teams are prepared to respond accordingly if necessary and re-install the nets if the weather conditions allow.”

Mr Mikitis said temporarily removing the equipment was also a public safety issue.

“High seas can cause some equipment to come adrift and loose shark control equipment can be a danger to swimmers and boats,” Mr Mikitis said.

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

“Swimmers are also advised to follow safe swimming practices, including swimming between the flags and not swimming at dusk or dawn, particularly with the shark control equipment out of action temporarily.

“In rough conditions, it’s important that people take advice from the Queensland Surf Lifesaving Service as to whether they should go into the water.”

Be Safe. Be SharkSmart

· Don’t swim at dawn or dusk

· Always swim in clear water (not in murky water, anchorages, estuary mouths or canals)

· Don’t throw food scraps or fish waste overboard

· Don’t swim where fish are being cleaned

· Swim, surf, snorkel or dive with a buddy

· Follow local signage and swim between the flags at patrolled beaches.