MONITORING SHARKS AND THEIR MOVEMENT
NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair has recently announced that the NSW Government has now captured, tagged and released one hundred white sharks.
Mr Blair said scientists from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) tagged the 100th White Shark (female 2.5m) at Airforce Beach, Evans Head.
“Since August, 2015 we have been targeting White, Bull and Tiger sharks with a particular focus on the NSW North Coast,” Mr Blair said.
“The tagging program provides vital information about sharks and their movements along the NSW coastline and beyond - some sharks have been detected as far away as New Zealand.
“NSW is leading the world – we are the only government using SMART drumlines to catch and tag white sharks.”
DRUMLINES TO INTERCEPT SHARKS
SMART drumlines are used to intercept sharks beyond the surf breaks, before they are able to interact with surfers or swimmers.
When a shark is caught on a SMART drumline, researchers receive a phone, email and text alert and, if conditions permit, they tag, relocate and release the shark.
Mr Blair said the more information we have, the better equipped we are to reduce the risk of further attacks.
“In addition to the 100 white sharks, we are actively tracking 33 Bull and 2 Tiger Sharks, as part of our $16 million Shark Management Strategy.
“This is a fantastic achievement by our dedicated shark scientists and contractors who have been on the water day in and day out trialling these methods to make sure beachgoers are as safe as possible.”
Twenty satellite linked (VR4G) shark listening stations are installed along the NSW coastline to provide real-time tracking data of tagged sharks.
These are located at Kingscliff, Byron Bay, Lennox Head, Ballina, Evans Head, Yamba, Coffs Harbour, South West Rocks.
With more also located at Port Macquarie and Forster, Crescent Head, Old Bar, Bondi, Hawks Nest, Redhead, Kiama, Sussex Inlet, Mollymook, Batemans Bay and Merimbula.
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