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The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board has, because of adverse weather conditions, removed shark safety gear at most of Durban's protected beaches.

They said in a statement that the Board's operational management team had been monitoring the cut-off low pressure system that is due to affect the weather and sea conditions off KZN on Wednesday.

"The SA Weather Service has issued numerous severe weather warnings and the swell forecasting models that the Board monitors are all predicting unsettled seas and a strong groundswell of up to 3m."

These unsettled seas and large swells, they said, could result in the movement or damage to shark safety gear should it remain in the water. 

"With the very busy December season approaching and in order to minimise any damage or losses of gear the Sharks Board, in consultation with the affected municipalities, has removed shark safety gear at the majority of protected bathing beaches. Shark safety gear will be replaced as soon as the seas have settled and we are confident that the gear will remain stable."

The Mercury