A shark spotted off Cabarita.
A shark spotted off Cabarita. contributed

Search for shark after body boarder injured

A man is being treated in hospital for leg lacerations after a suspected shark attack at Lighthouse Beach, Port Macquarie on Saturday afternoon.

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has initiated its Shark Incident Response Plan following the attack.

It is believed a male in his 30s received lacerations to his leg while body boarding at dusk.

The man is being treated in hospital.

NSW Surf Life Saving has closed all beaches in the nearby area.

The DPI is assisting NSW Surf Life Saving and NSW Police in responding to the incident.

The DPI has deployed a staff member at Port Macquarie to identify the species from the bite pattern and forensic information.

DPI is working with NSW Police and SLS to monitor the area and provide any technical advice and resources as required in line with its North Coast Shark Campaign.