Plettenberg Bay ‘Shark Action Plan’ in the works, more lifeguards after latest deadly attack

“Plett Tourism is working with Wesgro (the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for the Western Cape) on a national communications plan, which is expected to start in mid-October.”

The municipality said it approved research into various shark deterrent options on May 31, but it would take about 18 months if it were a viable option for the stretch of coast.

Shark spotting will be intensified by identifying elevated vantage points for hired shark spotters at Lookout Beach and Robberg Beach. The appointment of these shark spotters has yet to be confirmed.

The shark action group also looked at the cost of two drones, fixed cameras, special water monitoring software and the appointment of specialized observers to analyze shark activity and alert authorities to beach closures.

Stakeholders such as the community, NSRI, Plett Tourism, the Institute of Great White Research and conservation specialists focused on marine activities and research have been in talks since May to create a shark action plan.