Shark control equipment returned to water

All shark control protection equipment has now been returned to Sunshine Coast and Stradbroke Island beaches after being temporarily removed due to rough weather.

Fisheries Queensland Shark Control Program Manager Michael Mikitis said the last of the nets were returned today to the water at Marcoola.

“The shark control protection equipment has been re-installed progressively to beaches from Rainbow Beach to Stradbroke Island as soon as the weather and sea conditions had allowed,” Mr Mikitis said.

“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.

“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.”

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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