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Shark control nets being removed due to dangerous conditions

SHARK control nets on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are being removed from the water due to forecasts of strong winds and dangerous sea conditions.

Fisheries Queensland Manager Shark Control Program Jeff Krause said a total of 22 nets were being removed. “With the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting winds in excess of 70km/h and ocean swells over 5m from this afternoon to Friday, we are taking precautionary measures and removing the nets before they become a potential hazard,” Mr Krause said. “All nets will be removed from the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast today after starting on Tuesday morning.”

Mr Krause said high seas caused by strong winds can cause some gear to become adrift. “Gear that is loose in the water can be a danger to swimmers and that’s why we are removing the apparatus,” he said. “We remind swimmers and surfers to take advice from the lifesaving service as to whether it is suitable to be in the water at all. Once conditions improve, the nets will be returned to the water.”

If people ever see shark control gear including ropes, netting or buoys which has come loose, they should call the Shark Hotline on 1800 806 891.

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