Flag_NSW_sharkMedia Release

Niall Blair
Minister for Primary Industries
Minister for Lands and Water

17. December 2015

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SOUNDING OUT SHARKS: LISTENING STATIONS DEPLOYED

Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, has announced two state-of-the-art 4G listening stations have been successfully deployed off Sharpes Beach, Ballina and Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay.

“These purpose-built listening stations will provide real-time updates of the movements of tagged sharks and form an important part of the state’s integrated shark management strategy,” Mr Blair said.

“We know there is no one solution to this issue – but these listening stations will go a long way in better informing us about if and where sharks are along our coastline.”

Twenty VR4G listening stations will be deployed off the NSW coastline, including 10 between Tweed and Forster. Testing of the stations communications systems is now underway.

As soon as a tagged shark, including those tagged during the current DPI tagging program swims within about 500 metres of a listening station, an alert will be issued with its location.

In addition to this, work is advancing to enhance the popular SharkSmart mobile app, to include push notifications if a tagged shark is known to be in the area.

The new stations will be strategically positioned approximately 500 metres from beaches where shark bites have occurred, including at least four beaches on the north coast.

The listening stations can also provide water temperature and depth information and will form part of a much larger network of over 500 listening stations in NSW coastal waters and other stations around Australia.

The VR4G listening stations are one component of the comprehensive $16 million NSW Shark Management Strategy, which is currently being rolled out.

Source: NSW Government