A state of the art shark listening station was installed last week at Evans Head Beach, Clarence MP, Chris Gulaptis has announced.
Mr Gulaptis 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 Twitter account @NSWSharkSmart and Shark Smart app, which are used by Surf Life Saving NSW and other relevant groups to provide current information on the movements of the tagged sharks,” Mr Gulaptis 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.”
The VR4G buoy was re-engineered to accommodate the shallow conditions at the site, and becomes the tenth listening station to be installed along the NSW coast.
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.
NOTE: Data for tagged sharks is now available via the SharkSmart app and the DPI Twitter account @NSWSharkSmart which will tweet the location of the shark to alert beachgoers.