Jel­ly­fish nets re­moved

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

SURF Life­sav­ing Queens­land has re­moved the stinger nets from Four Mile Beach and north­ern re­gion, sig­nalling the end of the jel­ly­fish sea­son.

While t he nets were re­moved to avoid dam­age in prepa­ra­tion for the strong winds re­cently, re­gional man­ager Colin Sparks said the winds have brought with cooler tem­per­a­tures.

‘‘What we are look­ing for is cold nights that drop the sea tem­per­a­ture and box jel­lies die off when it gets around 26 de­grees, so ev­ery­thing is in favour of the sea­son be­ing over,’’ he said.

‘‘We haven’t been catch­ing

it an­i­mals and un­less the wind drops and we start catch­ing an­i­mals then we can throw it back in.

‘‘Peo­ple should still swim with cau­tion, talk to the surf life­saver on duty and I rec­om­mend wear­ing a stinger suit for the pro­tec­tion and it also gives sun pro­tec­tion.’’

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