The Noumea town hall has banned swimming at the beach until the end of the year. This decision comes after the three shark attacks that took place in one month. They caused the death of an Australian tourist and seriously injured a Caledonian woman. Swimming will only be allowed after the installation of anti-shark barriers.
New disaster for the tourism
Zero risk does not exist,” explained the mayor of Noumea, Sonia Lagarde, on RRB radio, “and I cannot totally secure Lemon Bay and Anse Vata Bay.
This decision provokes strong reactions from tourism and restaurant professionals. After Covid, this shark crisis is a new disaster for the tourism and entertainment industry in Caledonia.