Shark nets to be removed temporarily due to weather system

2015-06-04 06:00

The KZNSB’s operational management has been tracking the arrival of a cut-off low-weather system that is forecast to significantly increase the swell size off the KZN coastline later this week.

Very large swells in excess of three metres are being predicted by weather forecast sites from Thursday evening, 4 June continuing through to Saturday, 6 June.

“These large swells have the potential to cause severe damage to and dislodge shark safety gear. To minimise damage or loss the KZN Sharks Board will remove or reduce shark safety gear at the majority of protected bathing beaches,” said Sharks board operations manager, Mike Anderson-Reade.

The body has spoken to affected municipalities and the removal was scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

“Shark safety gear will remain in the water at certain beaches along the coast however, these will be minimal,” he added.

Shark safety gear will be reinstated as soon as sea conditions settle.

The public visiting beaches during this period are advised to consult lifeguards regarding the status of bathing in the area. - Supplied

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