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Pounding surf a threat to shark nets and swimmers

Shark nets have been removed from Coolangatta beaches due to rough conditions
Shark nets have been removed from Coolangatta beaches due to rough conditions

SHARK nets have been pulled out of Coolangatta beaches due to rough conditions.

Fisheries Queensland removed the nets due to fears that they could come loose in the wild waves that are hitting the beaches.

Shark control program manager Jeff Krause said the nets were removed last Sunday.

"Shark control gear can come adrift in adverse weather so it's important we remove it before it becomes a potential hazard in the water," he said.

"Gear that is loose in the water can be very dangerous, especially if someone becomes entangled."

Mr Krause said that while utmost care was taken in securing the nets, the pounding surf caused a concern.

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

"The nets will be returned to the water when conditions improve."

He encouraged people to avoid the beaches while the nets were down.

"We strongly advise people to follow lifesaving service warnings about staying out of the water while conditions are still treacherous," he said.

If anyone spots shark control gear such as netting, buoys or ropes that appear loose they should call the Shark Hotline on 1800 806 89, so safety signs can be erected.

The latest information regarding the return of the nets can be found on Twitter at www.twitter.com/fisheriesQLD or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FisheriesQueensland.

Topics:  hazard, rough conditions, shark nets, surf


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