Improved shark detection on North Coast beaches

Published 4th October, 2016 in Environment, Sport & Recreation, Tourism

Almost 100 additional smart drumlines will be rolled out across NSW beaches to improve shark detection.

Ballina Lighthouse in NSW
Ballina Lighthouse in NSW

Following the shark attack off Ballina's Lighthouse Beach in September 2016, the NSW Government will increase the number of smart drumlines deployed off NSW from 15 to 100.

Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair met with community leaders in Ballina and said that testing shows that smart drumlines are highly effective in catching sharks so they can be tagged and relocated. 

“The smart drumline rollout will be prioritised on the North Coast in response to strong community support for the technology, which has now been proven with 31 great white and five bull sharks successfully tagged and relocated," Mr Blair said. 

“Our approach has been, and will continue to be, informed by best available science and feedback from the local community who are in many respects best placed to help inform our approach."

Smart drumlines have been effective in catching sharks for relocation and have significantly boosted tagging numbers since the first smart drumlines were deployed off Ballina in December 2015. Expanding smart drumlines deployed off NSW complements the other measures in place on the North Coast to protect surfers and swimmers.

Learn more about shark management on NSW beaches

Published 4th October, 2016 in Environment, Sport & Recreation, Tourism