SMART drumline shark management

Shark management trial to take place in Forster Tuncurry

Updated: 15 August 2017 


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 Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has installed 10 SMART Drumlines off the Forster Tuncurry coastline, as part of a six month trial leading into the peak summer season.

The SMART Drumline technique is a new capture technology designed to intercept sharks beyond the surf break, allowing DPI to tag and relocate animals away from beach users, at the same time protecting other species. Unlike traditional drumlines, rapid response operators are on alert to tag and relocate the shark alive, usually around 1km offshore.

Find out more about SMART drumlines by playing the video below, or by visiting DPI staff at a drop-in session, any time between 9am and 2pm, on:

Saturday 19 August, Forster Beach (outside Surf Life Saving Club)

Sunday 20 August, Tuncurry Rockpool (Barry Stoneham Park)

More detailed information on SMART Drumlines can be found on the DPI website, where you can also download the SharkSmart app to receive alerts when a shark swims past one of the acoustic listening stations installed as part of the trial.


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