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 ‘sunk nets’ set below the surface in about 10 to 12 metres of water, within 500 metres of the shore. The nets are fitted with acoustic warning devices to alert dolphins and whales.

Since the introduction of the Shark Meshing Program in 1937 there has been one fatal shark attack at a meshed beach in NSW.


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