Roll out the drumlines
After a recent North Coast visit by Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair, the NSW Government is ramping up its’ Smart Shark strategy. Plans include a roll out of an additional 85 smart drumlines to protect NSW beaches and beginning new aerial drone trials on the North Coast. These measures are on top of the pre-existing Shark Management Strategy ensuring our beaches remain safe this summer.
The roll out will increase the deployed drumlines off NSW beaches from 15 to 100, with a focus on the North Coast where 31 great white and five bull sharks have already been successfully tagged and relocated.
Aerial surveillance will begin at Lighthouse Beach, Lennox Head and Evans Head on the North Coast, Redhead near Newcastle and Kiama Beach on the South Coast. With three flights a day during the school holidays equating to six pass-overs from South Ballina to Lennox Head, drones will be scanning our waters for threats from above. The drones, piloted by experienced CASA-certified pilots, will fly a 3.5-4km circuit over the ocean at a height of 60 metres and speed of 40km per hour, with an onboard camera providing real-time vision of coastal waters.
If a shark is spotted close to people, an air horn or siren will sound, prompting swimmers to retreat from the water. Alerts will also be available via the SharkSmart App and Twitter @NSWSharkSmart.
To learn more about the Shark Smart strategy visit http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/sharks/management.