All stinger nets will be removed from North Queensland beaches by Thursday this week according to Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ).
While the removal of the nets typically signifies the end of the high-risk stinger season, SLSQ North Queensland manager Col Sparkes urged all beachgoers to remain particularly vigilant over the coming months following a bumper season which yielded 27 irukandji stings.
“Lifeguards have continued to perform regular drags in and around the stinger nets with drags for the past three weeks being clear of the deadly box jellyfish,” Mr Sparkes said.
“Having said that, it’s important to remember that potentially dangerous marine stingers can be found in northern waters all-year-round and it’s vital that all swimmers continue to take precautions to protect themselves.
“We strongly encourage all beachgoers to only swim at patrolled locations, between the red and yellow flags, as that’s where they’ll be able to seek help and advice from surf lifesavers and lifeguards.
“We also recommend they continue to wear protective stinger suits, which not only minimise the risk of a nasty sting but also give people better sun protection,” he said.
Mr Sparkes said the removal of stinger nets would commence on Tuesday, with all nets set to be removed from local beaches by Thursday.
Stinger nets will be removed from North Queensland beaches as follows:
- Tuesday afternoon: Port Douglas, Bramston Beach, Etty Bay
- Wednesday: Mission Beach, South Mission Beach, Kurrimine
- Thursday: All other Cairns beaches