Aerial Shark Patrols Start this Weekend

November 14, 2023 6:35 am in by
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Aerial shark patrols on South Australia’s highest risk beaches are set to commence two weeks ahead of schedule.

The move by the State Government follows an attack at Port Noarlunga on Friday 10 November that left a 32-year-old woman with serious injuries.

A full complement of shark surveillance aircraft will return to the skies this Saturday 18 November to monitor beaches from North Haven to Rapid Bay, and between Victor Harbor and the Murray Mouth.

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The fixed wing aircraft will fly daily until Easter over metropolitan areas, with flights to be extended to the south coast on weekends, school and public holidays, providing multiple flights over our highest populated and aquatic activity beaches.

The State Government provides more than $460,000 each summer for the shark patrol program.

The program has been running in South Australia since 2003.