NSW tags its 100th white shark

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THE Kingscliff shark lis­ten­ing sta­tion has an­other great white to mon­i­tor with Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries (DPI) tag­ging its 100th white shark on the North Coast this week.

NSW Pri­mary In­dus­tries Min­is­ter Niall Blair said the 2.5m fe­male was tagged at Air­force Beach, Evans Head.

“Since Au­gust, 2015 we have been tar­get­ing White, Bull and Tiger sharks with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on the NSW North Coast,” Mr Blair said.

“The tag­ging pro­gram pro­vides vi­tal in­for­ma­tion about sharks and their move­ments along the NSW coast­line and be­yond – some sharks have been de­tected as far away as New Zealand.

“NSW is lead­ing the world – we are the only govern­ment us­ing SMART drum­lines to catch and tag white sharks.”

SMART drum­lines are used to in­ter­cept sharks be­yond the surf breaks, be­fore they are able to in­ter­act with surfers or swim­mers.

When a shark is caught on a SMART drum­line, re­searchers re­ceive a phone, email and text alert and, if con­di­tions per­mit, they tag, re­lo­cate and re­lease the shark.

Mr Blair said the more in­for­ma­tion they had, the bet­ter equipped they were to re­duce the risk of fur­ther at­tacks.

“In ad­di­tion to the 100 white sharks, we are ac­tively track­ing 33 bull and two tiger sharks, as part of our $16 mil­lion Shark Man­age­ment Strat­egy.”

The 20 satel­lite-linked lis­ten­ing sta­tions are in­stalled along the NSW coast­line, in­clud­ing at Kingscliff and By­ron Bay, to track tagged sharks.

PHOTO: FILE

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