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Aerial Surveillance & Data Collection

Department Of Primary Industries

Aerial Surveillance - Shark Management Strategy

Rotorwing Helicopters has been working in the aerial surveillance field since 2015 and has been heavily involved with the Department of Primary Industries Shark Management Strategy since its implementation in 2016.


Not only providing aerial surveillance and collection of vital marine life data but also playing an integral roll in the development stages. This includes development of internal and external communications, manuals, species verification and identification techniques, bather alerts systems and safety management strategies. 

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March 07, 2017

The NSW Government’s summer drone and helicopter surveillance programs have highlighted their effectiveness in reducing the risk of shark attacks on NSW beaches.

NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair said pilots were kept busy right along the NSW coastline, with both drones and helicopters making a number of shark sightings.

“The drone trial sighted 46 potentially dangerous sharks, while our helicopter crews reported 525 - on 167 occasions, the helicopter crews notified beach authorities when a shark was in close proximity to beachgoers,” Mr Blair said.

“A total of 78 water evacuations were initiated by helicopter crews when sharks were within 100m of water users, 8 evacuations were also made by drones.

“Our pilots flew a staggering 92,929km over the holiday period and carried purpose-built radios for direct communication with beach authorities, plus a siren and PA system to communicate with those in the water.

“These eyes in the sky have really complemented our other measures under the $16m shark management strategy, which include our tagging program, net trial, SMART drumlines and VR4G listening stations.” 

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