Shark control gear reset following improved conditions

SOUTH East Queensland shark control nets have been reset following improved weather conditions.

The nets were removed from Rainbow Beach, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast beaches on Friday due to forecasts of rough seas.

Contractors have reset the nets into their respective locations at Rainbow Beach and Sunshine Coast.

Eight nets have been returned at the Gold Coast from Main Beach to Currumbin and the remaining three nets will be returned on Wednesday morning.

Swimmers and surfers are reminded to adhere to advice from lifesaving services and follow the department's safety tips to minimise the chance of shark attack.

If people see shark control equipment including ropes, netting or buoys which has come loose, call the Shark Hotline on 1800 806 891, so that the area can be signed for safety until the equipment can be retrieved.

Advice to public

  • Swim or surf only at patrolled beaches - between the flags and where shark safety equipment is in place
  • Obey lifesavers' and lifeguards' advice, and heed all sign and safety warnings
  • Leave the water immediately if a shark is sighted
  • Do not swim or surf after dusk, at night, or before dawn when sharks become more active
  • Do not swim or surf in murky or silt-laden waters
  • Do not swim in, or at the mouth of, rivers, estuaries, artificial canals and lakes
  • Never swim alone
  • Never swim when bleeding
  • Do not swim near schools of fish or where fish are being cleaned
  • Do not swim near, or interfere with, shark control equipment
  • Do not swim with animals.

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