Shark patrols to continue till Easter

AERIAL shark patrols on the North Coast will continue until Easter.

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis announced the aerial surveillance program would be extended amid heightened concerns over recent shark activity in the area.

Mr Gulaptis, who is also the Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast, said aerial patrols would be conducted from Byron Bay to Evans Head until Easter as part of the NSW Government's $16 million shark management strategy.

"The current surveillance was due to wrap up on Australia Day - but will now continue every Saturday and Sunday and every day of the Easter long weekend," he said.

"Recent aerial surveillance programs conducted in our region have shown to be an enormous success, helping alert authorities and the general public when a shark is posing danger to swimmers or surfers.

"Having that extra eye in the sky over our beaches during this time will give swimmers and surfers extra confidence when hitting the water."

In addition to the extra surveillance scheduled for the north of the state, during the four-day Easter period, aerial surveillance will take place every day in each of the seven zones currently being flown as part of the aerial surveillance program.

This includes Byron Bay to Evans Head, Red Rock to South Sawtell, Nambucca to Hat Head, Crescent Head to Laurieton, Crowdy Head to Treachery, Stockton to Wollongong and Wollongong to Moruya.

Sharks deemed to be posing a potential danger to swimmers and surfers will be immediately reported to police via 000 as well as directly to local surf life saving clubs at patrolled beaches.

NSW Department of Primary Industries will also tweet the information via @NSWSharkSmart.

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