There are a number of things you can do to reduce the risk of encountering sharks:
- Always swim, dive or surf with a friend.
- Keep informed of the latest sightings at www.emergency.vic.gov.au.
- Swim between the red and yellow flags on patrolled beaches where possible.
- Avoid areas that attract sharks such as:
a. where natural food sources of sharks live, e.g. seals
b. where fishing waste is being disposed of.
c. places where human and animal waste enters the water.
- Watch for signs of unusual behaviour in wildlife or fish. This can indicate a shark is in the area.
- Help others be informed.
Additional tips for divers, snorkelers and spear fishers
- Understand the rules and regulations in relation to shark species.
a. The capture of Great White Sharks and Grey Nurse Sharks is prohibited
b. There are a range of other rules and bag limits for the capture of other shark species.
c. The use of firearms, crossbows or bow and arrows to take, attempt to take, destroy or injure sharks is prohibited.
- Understand and respect the environment. Marine waters are the shark's habitat – find out what kind of sharks you might see and what behaviour to expect from them.
- Avoid seal colonies or other areas where sharks are attracted to.
- Using bait to lure fish may attract sharks.
- Avoid diving in conditions with limited visibility.
- Don't attach speared fish to your body or keep them near you. Use a float and line to keep your catch well away.