Greens MP for Ballina Tamara Smith and Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson today announced $11,000 in funding for a shark spotting program by Shark Watch to start in Byron Shire.
The announcement came as Shark Watch gave a demonstration at Cosy Corner at the northern end of Tallows Beach, Byron Bay of how their shark spotting patrol and drone works
Shark Watch is a community group which uses volunteers and a drone to scan the sea near surfers and swimmers at beaches for any shark activity. If sharks are spotted, the group uses an agreed alert system to warn people in the area that sharks are present, so that surfers and swimmers can leave the water.
“I am enormously encouraged to see that Byron Shire will fund Shark Watch to operate at its beaches, providing a greater level of safety to surfers and swimmers while not endangering marine life,” said Tamara Smith.