A screenshot of the NSW SharkSmart app.
A screenshot of the NSW SharkSmart app.

Shark smart app provides real time data

THE NSW Shark Smart app has been updated to provide real time data of sharks' movements to beachgoers.

Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair announced the update this morning as part of the $16 million shark management strategy.

"The Shark Smart app is now providing key information about the movement of sharks along our coastline as well as providing important safety measures in place on the state's beaches," he said.

"This is a massive step forward in using technology to better arm beachgoers to make informed decisions before hitting the water and I encourage everyone to download the app."

The updated app will send push notifications if a tagged shark is near a VR4G listening station or if an incident has occurred in the area recently.

To date, VR4G satellite linked listening stations have been installed at Ballina's Lighthouse Beach, Lennox Head, Evans Head, Tweed Heads and Yamba, South West Rocks, Main Beach at Port Macquarie and Forster.

Another 12 will be deployed in the coming months.

Beachgoers at Lighthouse Beach, Ballina will begin to see contractors gearing up to install the state's first eco barrier before April, while construction of the eco barrier for Lennox Head is well under way.

Drone trials have taken place on Far North Coast with further trials currently being planned.

Download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.



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