The Northern Beaches coastline is home to some exquisite fish species. Long Reef and other aquatic reserves are a haven for marine wildlife and Narrabeen and Manly Lagoons are home to some of our protected species. Find out what fascinating marine life to look out for next time you’re in the water.

Send photos and details of species sightings to: species.sightings@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

In the interest of protecting our precious marine life, Northern Beaches Council has requested the NSW government remove shark nets on beaches in the Council area and replace them with a combination of modern and effective alternative shark mitigation strategies that maintain or improve swimmer safety and reduce unwanted by-catch of non-target species.

Council first made the call in 2021 in response to the Department of Primary Industries - Fisheries (DPI Fisheries) request for input from stakeholders on their preferred shark mitigation measures, following a five-year project considering the benefits and impacts of a range of mitigation measures. Council has maintained a consistent approach in annual DPI Fisheries surveys.

For more information on Council's position and the NSW DPI Shark Smart site, see the following links.

Link to media release

Links to Council meeting Agenda and Minutes

NSW DPI Shark Smart site