Year-round shark surveillance

Published 20th April, 2016 in Sport & Recreation, Environment, Environment

To keep beachgoers safe, aerial shark surveillance on the NSW coast will be conducted year-round for the next 12 months.

Endless beach near Sawtell, NSW,
Aerial shark surveillance will take place from Wooli to South Sawtell.

Surveillance will take place from Eden to Tweed on selected weekdays, weekends, school holidays and public holidays until April 2017.

Aerial surveillance is just one component of the NSW Government’s $16 million Shark Management Strategy.

Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair said that NSW had some of the best beaches in the world and people were attracted to the beach outside of the summer months.

“We are determined to make sure we put in measures to give people extra confidence when hitting the water.”

Aerial surveillance will cover the following regions:

  • Region 1: Point Danger, Tweed Heads to South Ballina. 
  • Region 2: Wooli to South Sawtell.
  • Region 3: Nambucca Heads to Lighthouse Beach, Port Macquarie.
  • Region 4: Crowdy Head to Birubi. 
  • Region 6: Bega River to Boyd Tower, Twofold Bay. 

Surveillance will also take place between Stockton to Wollongong as part of the Shark Meshing Program. It has weekday and weekend flights from December to April each year. Until April 2017, additional surveillance will also take place during school holidays and weekends.

Published 20th April, 2016 in Sport & Recreation, Environment, Environment