Three surf schools will soon reopen in Reunion after an eight-year ban, the sub-prefect of Saint-Paul announced on Thursday. A prefectural decree of July 26, 2013 had banned swimming and all water sports on the island after several shark attacks.
Five fatal attacks in two years
An experiment is also planned to reopen access to “the left of Saint-Leu”, a well-known surf spot. It will start when the mayor of Saint-Leu has issued an order authorizing the experimentation, which should last 18 to 24 months.
The “Reinforced shark watch” protocol remains in place on the island. It is made up of cameras and divers who monitor the area to alert people in case of sighting or contact with a shark. It is part of the global shark risk reduction plan in Réunion, which includes preventive shark fishing and the installation of nets. The shark crisis in Réunion peaked from February 2011 to 2013, with five fatal attacks in a short period.