$8 Million Committed For Shark Hazard Mitigation In Western Australia

$8 Million Committed For Shark Hazard Mitigation In Western Australia

Western Australia Minister for Fisheries Dave Kelly

$8 Million Boost For Western Australia’s Scientific Shark Hazard Mitigation Strategy

Victor P Taffa

  • Additional $8 Million committed for shark hazard mitigation in Western Australia
  • More funding for Surf Life Saving Western Australia helicopter, drone, beach and jet ski patrols
  • Over the next 2 years more than $12 Million to be spent on keeping Western Australia beaches safe

McGowan Government will invest $12.7 Million over the next 2 years towards its comprehensive shark hazard mitigation strategy to continue to help keep water users safe at iconic Western Australian beaches.

“Western Australia’s beaches are some of the best in the world and with our comprehensive shark hazard mitigation we are helping to keep our coastline as safe as possible.” Minister for Fisheries Dave Kelly said.

“McGowan Government is doing more than any government before, we’re doing more patrols, investing in more research and trialling more technology.”

McGowan Government’s 2019-20 State Budget, set to be handed down on May 9, includes an additional $8 Million on top of the $4.7 Million already funded for shark hazard mitigation initiatives.

Funding boost will see Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) helicopter, drone, beach and jet ski patrols continue at metropolitan beaches and popular South-West beaches from September to April each year for the next 2 years.

Extra funding will also go towards other shark hazard mitigation initiatives including Western Australia’s world-leading Shark Monitoring Network (SMN) and Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development tagging operations.

Since 2017-18, the McGowan Government has committed more than $28.6 Million in helping keep Western Australians and visitors safe at the beach.

McGowan Government’s comprehensive shark hazard mitigation strategy includes:

  • A world-first personal shark deterrent subsidy for divers and surfers who purchase approved, scientifically proven devices. Almost 3,500 Western Australians have now purchased a device through this program;
  • A $3.84 Million scientific trial of non-lethal SMART drumline technology off Gracetown;
  • Beach Emergency Numbers (BEN) signs to help streamline emergency responses to beach incidents;
  • SLSWA helicopter, drone, beach and jet ski patrols to keep a watchful eye over water users;
  • A partnership with Surfing Western Australia to deliver free first aid to surfers and increase drone and jet ski surveillance for Western Australia surf events;
  • Beach enclosures;
  • An extended Shark Monitoring Network to Esperance and the Capes region;
  • An Independent Scientific Advisory Panel on Sharks to provide expert advice to the State Government on new mitigation technologies and research on white sharks;
  • Improved information for water users with a refreshed Sharksmart website and the development of a new SharkSmart app.