Shark Listening Station Installed Off Port Macquarie
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has announced that a state of the art shark listening station was installed at Lighthouse Beach at Port Macquarie this morning.
Mrs Williams said the purpose built listening station will provide real-time updates on the movements of tagged sharks and form an important part of the state’s integrated shark management strategy.
“The real time information will be made available immediately via the Department of Primary Industries website and to Surf Life Saving NSW and other relevant groups to provide current information on the movements of the tagged sharks,” Mrs Williams said.
“As soon as a tagged shark swims within about 500 metres of a listening station, an alert will be issued with its location.
“Though there is no one solution to this issue - the listening station will go a long way in better informing us about if and where sharks are along our coastline.
“This Government is committed to better protecting beachgoers, we know the community wants action - that’s why we are using some of the world’s best scientists, and new and emerging technologies to better protect our beachgoers,” Mrs Williams said.
A total of 20 listening stations are being deployed at beaches along the NSW coastline, as part of the NSW Government’s comprehensive $16 million Shark Management Strategy.