NSW Fisheries officer Glenn Shannon installs the shark listening station off Evans Head.
NSW Fisheries officer Glenn Shannon installs the shark listening station off Evans Head.

Shark listening station installed off Evans Head beach

A SHARK listening station has today been installed at Evans Head Beach.

The state-of-the-art, purpose-built listening station will provide real-time updates on the movements of tagged sharks, Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast and Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis said.

It is part of the State Government's $16 million 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 500m 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 10th listening station to be installed along the NSW coast.



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