Shark nets back in water soon
SEA conditions permitting, the shark nets will be back in place at Alkantstrand by the end of this week, re-opening the beach to bathers.
Swimming at the city’s main beach was banned when the nets were lifted following the tragic drowning of three KZN Sharks Board members at Newark Beach on 8 August.
Ongoing staff strike action and a moratorium on hiring of new staff delayed the return of the nets.
Sharks Board spokesperson Mike Anderson-Reade said on Tuesday they were ready to redeploy the nets, but delayed doing so owing to adverse weather forecasts.
‘After assisting our boat skipper to complete his licence, we were hoping to get Alkantstrand open today, but it is unlikely because of the big cold front due later this afternoon, which will increase the swell and may dislodge the gear as it would not have had time to settle.
‘It looks like the next opportunity for a decent day is Friday.
‘We will however, continue to monitor the weather and sea and adjust accordingly.’
Not so thrilled at the return of the shark nets to the water are conservationists who monitor the local presence of endangered Humpback dolphins, which from time to time are snared in the nets along with other by-catch such as rays and turtles.