Over the last five years, the NSW DPI Shark Management Strategy team has worked to test and trial a suite of shark mitigation measures across NSW beaches.


Following this five-year program, the Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales, Adam Marshall this morning announced $8 million for shark mitigation initiatives in NSW for the next 12 months.


These initiatives will include:


  • Drone surveillance led by Surf Life Saving NSW at 34 beaches (the largest drone surveillance program in Australia’s history)
  • 35 SMART drumlines between Lennox Head and Evans Head
  • 21 real-time shark listening stations
  • Community education including the SharkSmart website and app
  • Shark Meshing Program between Newcastle and Wollongong


Please find attached a map showing where these initiatives will be located across NSW along with a summary of the 2020/21 program. Sorry could not attach - Steve


Supporting these ocean beach safety initiatives is a program of research activities, including tagging and tracking, and innovative detection technology. We will also engage with coastal councils, beach authorities, and communities about the future of shark mitigation at NSW beaches.


If you would like to see more information about the key results of the five-year NSW Shark Management Strategy, visit


Thank you for your ongoing support and please do reach out should you have any questions.


Kind regards,


Sean Sloan

Deputy Director General

DPI Fisheries

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Port Stephens Fisheries Institute, Taylors Beach Road | Taylors Beach | NSW 2316