Anti-shark gear to be removed from KZN coastline

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Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board will remove key installations of shark-safety gear ahead of rough seas expected this week.

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

“Very large swells in excess of 3m are being predicted by all weather forecast sites from Thursday evening June 4 to Saturday June 6. These large swells have the potential to cause severe damage to and dislodge shark safety gear,” he said.

“To minimise damage or losses, the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board, in consultation with the affected municipalities, will remove or reduce shark-safety gear at the majority of protected bathing beaches on 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 said.

The safety gear will be reinstated as soon as sea conditions settle, Anderson-Reade said.

Members of the public visiting beaches this week are advised to consult local lifeguards about the status of swimming in the area.

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