Shark listening stations installed at Skennars Head, Byron

TWO state-of-the-art listening stations have been deployed off Sharpes Beach at Skennars Head and Clarkes Beach at Byron Bay.

The 4G listening stations are part of the State Government's $16 million shark management strategy, and will provide real-time updates of the movements of tagged sharks.

Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair said the listening stations will "go a long way in better informing us about if and where sharks are along our coastline".

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 500m 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 about 500m from beaches where shark bites have occurred.



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