Shark Meshing (Bather Protection) Program

DPI manages the NSW Shark Meshing (Bather Protection) Program (SMP) in accordance with a Joint Management Agreement (PDF, 287.52 KB) and a Management Plan (PDF, 308.92 KB).

51 ocean beaches from Wollongong to Newcastle are currently netted between 1 September and 30 April each year using mesh nets set below the surface in about 10 to 12 metres of water, approximately 500 metres from the shore. The nets are fitted with acoustic warning devices to alert dolphins and whales.

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