Yamba station to ‘hear’ sharks
ONE of 20 state-of-the-art shark listening stations being deployed on the NSW coast has been installed in waters off Yamba's Main Beach this week.
Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis welcomed the introduction of the purpose-built technology infrastructure, saying it would provide real-time updates on the movements of tagged sharks and form an important part of the state's integrated shark management strategy.
"The real time information will be made available immediately via the Department of Primary Industries website and to Surf Life Saving NSW and other relevant groups to provide current information on the movements of the tagged sharks," he said.
"As soon as a tagged shark swims within about 500 metres 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."
The listening stations are just one of a number of measures being introduces along the NSW North Coast as part of the State Government's comprehensive $16 million Shark Management Strategy.