Sharks love hanging out at Broadwater

BROADWATER back beach has become the latest shark hotspot with three tagged white sharks recorded within a few hundred metres of the remote coastal stretch.

Sharks 2, 3 and 5 were recorded around Broadwater, between Evans Head and Ballina, in the past three weeks.

The latest DPI tracking data shows four of the 14 white sharks tagged so far have left the region, while seven of them are still lurking off our coastline.

The remaining three sharks have not registered yet because their dorsal fin, where the satellite tags are implanted, has not surfaced since they were tagged.

North Coast residents can expect more white sharks to be tagged next month, with another expedition by the NSW Department of Industries expected to start the week of November 9.

The tagging project was initially funded with $250,000 from the State Government and has now become open-ended.

That's thanks to the government's announcement to commit $7 million of its $16 million five-year shark attack prevention strategy to shark science and research, which includes ongoing tagging.

A DPI spokeswoman said that while white sharks were present off the North Coast, the local tagging would continue.

Of the seven sharks still local, six of them are roaming south of Ballina.

Only one shark has registered north of Byron Bay, which was last recorded just off the coast of Brunswick Heads.

Of the six south of Ballina, three were recorded close to Broadwater, two were directly east of Evans Head, and two were between Woody Head and Evans Head.

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