Shark surveillance ramps up for school holidays

Published 7th April, 2017 in Environment

Helicopters on the lookout for sharks will keep NSW beaches safe this school holidays.

Great white shark

There will be helicopter survillance of NSW beaches every day of the school holidays, from 8 April to 25 April.

NSW Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair said aerial surveillance provides extra reassurance and can help reduce the risk of shark attacks.

“Over the summer our shark spies were very effective at spotting any potential dangers and on 78 occasions, assisted local authorities and NSW Police to evacuate the water," Mr Blair said.

Beachgoers are encouraged to avoid swimming:

  • when it is dark or during twilight hours
  • in murky waters after recent heavy rainfall and flooding
  • in areas used by local fishers.

Helicopter surveillance will work alongside other measures under the $16m Shark Management Strategy, including shark tagging, SMART drumlines and VR4G listening stations.

Download the NSW SharkSmart app for shark sightings and warnings

Published 7th April, 2017 in Environment