Divers installing a listening station at Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay, which will be able to monitor tagged sharks.
Divers installing a listening station at Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay, which will be able to monitor tagged sharks. NSW DPI

Boaters warned to keep clear of shark listening buoys

BOATERS have been advised to keep clear of new customised yellow buoys which have been deployed as part of the NSW Government Shark Management Strategy along the NSW north coast.

The Department of Primary Industries has deployed eight new customised 'listening station buoys' which are around 3.5 metres long and fitted with 3.5 metre long steel sub-frames.

The buoys have been deployed at a depth of 10m to 12m at:

• Kingscliff Main Beach, Kingscliff (28°15.141'S and 153° 34.934'E)

• Lennox Headland, Lennox Head (28° 48.258'S, 153° 36.460E)

• Evans Head Main Beach, Evans Head (29° 06.531'S, 153° 26.387E)

• Yamba Main Beach, Yamba (29° 26.000'S, 153° 22.191E)

• Park Beach, Coffs Harbour (30° 17.473'S, 153° 08.717E)

• Front Beach, South West Rocks (30° 52.782'S, 153° 02.715E)

• Lighthouse Beach, Port Macquarie (31° 28.849'S, 152° 56.132E)

• Forster Main Beach, Forster (32° 10.443'S, 152° 30.960E)

Vessel operators are advised to exercise caution when navigating near the buoys which are marked by a yellow flashing light with a range of two nautical miles and a flash rate of one second on, four seconds off.

Roads and Maritime reminds people to wear a lifejacket when boating, especially in vessels smaller than 4.8 metres when alone, at night or offshore.

For more information on the DPI strategy visit the website.

For maritime safety information visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime