- So stoked we in Byron could have such a positive influence in how NSW responds to the shark challenge. We paid for and supported our own drone and other surveillance trials and advocated for this unwaveringly since the tragedies of a few years led our neighbours and the state to pursue horrendously destructive net focused responses. Now, everyone is on board with drones and surveillance as an appropriate, effective and intelligent response. This summer, the Pass, Suffolk and Main Beach will have drone surveillance. This also allows for data collection and also provides additional capability for aquatic water safety and rescue. The UAVs will be piloted by volunteer lifesavers and professional lifeguards, with operational flight times between7:30- 5:00pm (dependent on the location, weather and day). Flights will be approximately 10 minutes with a minimum of 2 flights per hour. Hopefully more will come and drones will become the permanent, non hameful, effective and widespread response to this challenge.
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