Aerial shark patrols extended until 2017

AERIAL shark surveillance along North Coast beaches will continue until April next year, the NSW Government has announced.

The aerial patrols, which are part of the Baird Government's $16 million Shark Management Strategy, will continue on weekends, during school holidays, public holidays and selected weekdays.

Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair said the ramped up aerial surveillance had helped protect beach goers by detecting and alerting people of sharks.

"We have some of the best beaches in the world and it doesn't have to be the middle of summer to attract people to the beach, which is why we are determined to make sure we put in measures to give people extra confidence when hitting the water," he said.

Aerial patrols will take place along the coast from South Ballina to Point Danger, Tweed Heads, every day of each NSW and Queensland school holidays.

There will also be patrols every Saturday and Sunday from April 30, 2016 to April 25, 2017.

For the other NSW coastal regions:

Wooli to South Sawtell, Nambucca Heads to Lighthouse Beach, Port Macquarie and Crowdy Head to Birubi there will be one flight a day, every day of every NSW school holiday.

And for South Wollongong to Moruya and Bega River to Boyd Tower, Twofold Bay, there will be one flight a day, every day of the summer and autumn NSW school holidays.



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