Shark Barrier trials on the North Coast

As a part of the NSW Shark Management Strategy, NSW DPI committed to trial two eco-friendly shark barriers on the North Coast. These barriers were to provide an enclosed shark-free area for each-goers.

Shark barrier locations

DPI worked with over 20 groups and organisations including Ballina Shire Council, Surf Lifesaving and local businesses to determine the best locations to trial the shark barriers. A barrier will be installed adjacent to Lennox Head - Alstonville SLS Club at Lennox.

Lennox Head

The Aquarius Barrier trial was discontinued after it was unable to be effectively and safely installed. Materials will be continued to be removed over the next few weeks.

DPI will continue to work closely with the Ballina Shire Council to explore complementary shark mitigation technologies included in the Strategy and suited to local conditions.

Lighthouse Beach

A second barrier trial was to be conducted at Lighthouse Beach, Ballina however this trial has been discontinued after contractor Eco Shark Barrier Pty Ltd identified significant installation and maintenance issues.

All construction materials have been removed from Lighthouse beach.

Installation

Day one of barrier construction at Lennox Head
Day one of barrier construction at Lennox Head
Day one of barrier construction at Lennox Head
Day two of barrier construction at Lennox Head
Day three of barrier construction at Lennox Head
Day three of barrier construction at Lennox Head
Day three of barrier construction at Lennox Head
Day eight of barrier installation at Lennox Head
Day eight of barrier installation at Lennox Head
Day eight of barrier installation at Lennox Head
Activity on 11 August 2016
Activity on 12 August 2016
An image taken by a drone looking down on the beach
Day one of barrier construction at Lennox Head
Day one of barrier construction at Lennox Head
Day one of barrier construction at Lennox Head
Day two of barrier construction at Lennox Head
Day three of barrier construction at Lennox Head
Day three of barrier construction at Lennox Head
Day three of barrier construction at Lennox Head
Day eight of barrier installation at Lennox Head
Day eight of barrier installation at Lennox Head
Day eight of barrier installation at Lennox Head
Activity on 11 August 2016
Activity on 12 August 2016
An image taken by a drone looking down on the beach