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Shark warning for campers, fishers and walkers heading south

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Far South Coast fishers, walkers and campers heading south across the border have been warned not to enter the water between Wingan Inlet and Point Hicks. Image courtesy DPI .

Fisheries Victoria has issued a shark warning to Far South Coast fishers, walkers and campers heading south for the weekend. 

The sharks have been attracted by the decomposing bodies of 27 pilot whales, and a humpback whale, which were stranded on a remote beach in Croajingalong National Park in Victoria, earlier this week. Mystery surrounds the cause of the whale stranding. 

Fisheries Victoria says increased shark activity is being reported in the region and they've advised campers, walkers and fishers to avoid entering the water between Wingan Inlet and Point Hicks.

Trial of Shark SMART drumlines on Far South Coast looks set to go ahead 

Meanwhile, the NSW Government looks set to go ahead with a trial of shark drumlines off Tathra and Merimbula beaches this summer. The NSW Government looks set to go ahead with a trial of shark drumlines off Tathra and Merimbula beaches this summer. 

The Department of Primary Industries says it is currently seeking the views of the community to determine local support for the trial of the technology. 

A DPI spokeswoman says shark management alert in real time drumlines differ from tradional drumlines as they allow sharks to be caught, tagged and released alive. Tagged sharks are then tracked via listening stations and DPI's network of listening stations. 

Far South Coast residents have been asked to participate in an online survey vi the DPI website, that closes on the 9th of December. 

There will also be community drop in stands at Merimbula Main Beach between 9.30 and 2pm, on Saturday, at Pambula Surf Club between 9.30am and 11am on Sunday and Tathra Surf Club between 12 and 2pm on Sunday.