No shark nets for Rainbow

WITH wild weather predicted to lash Queensland’s coastline over the next week, shark control equipment is being removed from Rainbow Beach.

Fisheries Queensland Shark Control Program manager Tony Ham said gear can come adrift in adverse weather and was being removed so it would not become another potential hazard in the water.

“Gear that is loose in the water can be very dangerous especially if someone becomes entangled,” Mr Ham said.

“While every effort is made to anchor the gear, high seas caused by strong winds can set some gear adrift.

“We need to take the gear out before conditions become too treacherous for our contractors to be on the water.

“Over the next seven days, shark contractors at the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Rainbow Beach will remove the nets as well as buoys, hooks and traces from the drum lines.”

Mr Ham said some control equipment had already come loose due to the rough conditions over the weekend.

“Swimmers and surfers are being urged to steer clear of any shark control equipment that may have already come adrift especially in the surf zone,” Mr Ham said.

“Those who choose to swim should do so only at patrolled beaches that are open for swimming and where lifesavers and lifeguards are on the lookout for dangers.

“If people see shark control gear which has come loose, phone the Shark Hotline on 1800 806 891."

Gympie Times


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