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Partnership to improve shark safety in Plett

Published: November 2nd, 2022
Partnership to improve shark safety in Plett Bitou Municipality, Plett Shark Action Group and Shark Spotters partner to improve shark safety in Plettenberg Bay

The Bitou Municipality and the Plett Shark Action Group (PSAG) are pleased to announce they have formally invited Shark Spotters, the Cape Town based shark safety programme, to join them in Plettenberg Bay to develop effective strategies to reduce shark-human interactions in the area.

Following the increase in shark activity in the area and two fatal shark incidents earlier this year, the municipality and the PSAG have been proactive in investigating solutions to mitigate shark-human conflict in Plettenberg Bay.

To date new Plett Ocean Smart signage has been ...more


Plett Ocean Smart rolls out public awareness campaign

Published: October 15th, 2022
Plett Ocean Smart rolls out public awareness campaign Plett Ocean Smart rolls out public awareness campaign with shark safety measures and other shark information services in October

Plett Shark Action Group (PSAG) - The Plett Ocean Smart Campaign will be launched with new signage at key beach locations along the Plett coastline, training of shark watchers and the release of literature to the public by the end of October.

The PSAG met earlier this week on 12 October to discuss matters pertaining to the campaign and established short-term, mid-term and long-term goals and objectives for the programme.

Short-term goals and objectives (immediate)

Confirmed short-term goals include 1) new Plett Ocean Smart signage to be ...more


Plett coastline aerial survey shows healthy ecosystem

Published: October 5th, 2022
Plett coastline aerial survey shows healthy ecosystem Plett coastline aerial survey shows healthy ecosystem

Plett Shark Action Group (PSAG) - An aerial survey was undertaken of the Plettenberg Bay coastline starting from the Robberg peninsula to the area of Grootbank past Keurboomstrand this morning with representatives from Bitou Environmental Management and Plett Great White Shark Research.

The team conducted the survey on an EC120 helicopter, a generous opportunity granted with Garden Route local Duran de Villiers. An incredibly healthy ecosystem was noted along the coastline, an abundance of species was clearly visible, including a variety of large and small fish, different types of rays, dolphin, and several species of ...more


BE OCEAN SMART AND SHARK SMART

Published: October 3rd, 2022
BE OCEAN SMART AND SHARK SMART BE OCEAN SMART AND SHARK SMART PROGRAMME

Ocean activities are a large part of Plettenberg Bay life for its residents and visitors.

On 4 May 2022, the Bitou Municipality received a request for permission to trial a Sharksafe Barrier in Plettenberg Bay. This is a magnetic barrier that will not entangle sea life nor boat motors. Support for this was required from the Bitou Municipality in order to obtain the necessary research permits from DFFE (Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment). Thereafter funding of approximately R30 million needs to be privately raised for the research. The approval for this testing was granted at a council meeting on 31 May 2022.

After the shark attack fatality on 28 ...more


Beaches open, caution urged

Published: September 29th, 2022
Beaches open, caution urged

Bitou Municipality has re-opened the beaches in Plett following the fatal shark attack on Sunday, however extreme caution is urged when indulging in all ocean activities.

Bitou Municipality urges swimmers to: Swim in areas manned by lifeguardsObey the instructions given by lifeguards, for their own safetySwim only between the demarcated flag areasNever swim aloneNot swim outside lifeguard hours

Beaches are currently manned by lifeguards on Central Beach, Lookout Beach, Robberg 1 and Robberg 5 daily from 08h00 to 17h00.

In an emergency, call NSRI on 082 990 5975.


Plett Shark Action Plan formalised

Published: September 26th, 2022
Plett Shark Action Plan formalised Plett Shark Action Plan formalised

The Bitou Municipality and key stakeholders in Plettenberg Bay, including Plett Tourism, NSRI Plett, the Institute of Great White Research and conservation specialists focused on ocean activities and ocean research, have been in conversations since May 2022 to put together a formalised Plett Shark Action Plan.

In addition to the 12 shark bite kits sponsored by NSRI that are already strategically placed along the main beaches in Plett, the group are also engaged on several WhatsApp platforms that keep stakeholders informed of shark activity in the area.

The Plan approaches the issue through 3 stages

Stage 1: ‘Shark Smart’ signage, collateral ...more


Plett beaches closed after shark incident

Published: September 25th, 2022
Plett beaches closed after shark incident

The NSRI and the Bitou Municipality are appealing to the public to be cautious along the Plettenberg Bay and Southern Cape coastline. Beaches have been closed in Plettenberg Bay by Bitou Municipalty.

This sadly follows a fatal shark incident at Central Beach on Sunday morning.

NSRI Plettenberg Bay and the police services were activated at 07h53 following reports of a shark incident at Central Beach. The sea rescue craft Eric Stratford was launched. On arrival on the scene, the body of a believed to be 39-year-old female from Cape Town was recovered from the water and brought to the beach.

Police have taken the body into their care together with government health, forensic ...more


Beach alerts and warnings

Published: July 3rd, 2022
Beach alerts and warnings Beach alerts and shark warnings

With the recent tragic fatal shark incident and the general increase in shark activity in our local waters, and considering the beaches have been reopened for swimming, please take note of potential shark alerts/warnings via the Plett Beach Watch Facebook page.

In case of an emergency, call the NSRI on 082 990 5975

Fatal shark incident – Official statement by CEO

Published: June 29th, 2022
Fatal shark incident – Official statement by CEO

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the fatal shark incident that occurred yesterday afternoon at the popular Sanctuary Beach area. Losing someone like this is chilling and very sad for the family and our community.

The victim’s family and friends are foremost in our minds today, and we wish to express our sincere condolences for their loss.

Rescue swimmers responded directly to the scene after NSRI crew was alerted by eyewitnesses who reported a shark incident with a swimmer at Sanctuary Beach at 14h09, Tuesday, 28 June.

We would like to thank the NSRI for their speedy response and for the immediate and professional assistance in dealing with the ...more


NSRI confirms beaches closed

Published: June 28th, 2022
NSRI confirms beaches closed NSRI Plett has confirmed that the town's beaches are closed to bathers and surfers after a fatal shark incident at Sanctuary Beach Plett beaches closed after fatal shark attack

At 14h09, Tuesday, 28 June, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a shark incident involving a swimmer at Sanctuary Beach, Plettenberg Bay.

NSRI rescue swimmers responded directly to the scene and 2 NSRI rescue craft were launched.

On arrival on the scene the body of an adult male, believed to be a local man, was located and recovered from the water, at the back surf line, onto an NSRI rescue craft and the body was brought to the NSRI Plettenberg ...more