New shark data shows tagged great white near Woody Head

THE latest locations of eight great white sharks tagged as part of the North Coast Local Waters Tagging program suggests they are on the move -and at least one of them is swimming closer to the Clarence Valley.

New data collected by the Department of Primary Industries shows most of the sharks have moved offshore, or skipped NSW waters altogether, with one male shark opting for the warmer waters of Noosa Heads over the weekend.

Closest to the Clarence Coast is a female tagged at Lennox Head last month, who was detected offshore between Evans Head and Wood Head, Iluka on Monday.

By Tuesday, another female had swum to Hawkes Nest, a well-known breeding ground for great whites.

A NSW DPI spokeswoman said early results from the tagging program "suggested that white sharks are highly mobile and can travel large distances daily".

"The data is providing on-going information on local residency patterns and broader scale movements which was the original objective of the project," she said.

"Some tagged white sharks have repeatedly travelled between New Zealand and the east coast of Australia."

This week, shark and fisheries experts from the DPI recommenced tagging near Ballina and in the first two days tagged two more sharks, including a 2.9m female which is the fourth longest to be tagged.

The latest operation comes ahead of a community shark forum at Lennox Head Public Schole this Friday, hosted by NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair.

The public meeting will provide the community with the most up to date information on bather protection and shark attack mitigation measures underway across the region.

Representatives from the Ballina Shark Mitigation Advisory Panel will be present, including NSW Police and SLSA.

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