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Shark nets removed on Sunny Coast due to rough weather

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Some shark nets are being removed from Sunshine Coast beaches today due to predicted rough weather.

Fisheries Queensland Shark Control Program Operations Coordinator Sam Fary says it is standard practice to take equipment out of the water temporarily when bad weather conditions were forecast.

“A low pressure system tracking down the coast from the Mackay area is expected to reach the Sunshine Coast by Sunday and into Monday with strong winds and big swells,” he said.

Nets will be removed from Coolum, Marcoola, Maroochydore, Alexandra, Mooloolaba, Wurtulla and Caloundra beaches. 

All drumlines will be baited and remain on station, and nets will be put back once it’s safe to do.

The Gold Coast is not expected to experience the same weather conditions as the Sunshine Coast and those nets will remain in the water.

Anyone who sees any unsecured shark control equipment including ropes, netting or buoys should call the Shark Control Program Hotline on 1800 806 891.

Mr Fary says in rough conditions, it’s important that people take advice from Surf Life Saving Queensland as to whether they should go into the water.

People also need to follow the SharkSmart tips to stay safe in the water, which include swimming between the flags, swim with a buddy, avoid swimming at dusk or dawn, avoid schools of bait fish or diving birds, keep fish waste and food scraps out of the water where people swim, and swim in clear water away from fishers.