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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Wednesday 13 December 2017

Liberal senators endorse McGowan Government's world-first shark deterrent subsidy

  • ​Federal Senate inquiry into shark mitigation and deterrent measures recommends other States adopt Western Australia's world-first individual shark deterrent subsidy
  • Committee recommends Federal Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg promote the use of independently verified shark deterrents
  • More than 1,100 Western Australians have taken part in the world-first subsidy

A Federal Senate inquiry into shark mitigation and deterrent measures has recommended that other States should adopt the McGowan Government's world-first shark deterrent subsidy.

The bipartisan committee who tabled the report in Federal Parliament yesterday, also recommended the phasing out of 'lethal drum lines' in place of 'non-lethal shark mitigation and deterrent measures'. 

The report recommends a number of other initiatives which the WA Government has already developed including:

  • A verification process for individual shark deterrent technology;
  • Engagement with stakeholders to develop effective real-time information alerts to beachgoers;
  • Research funding to scientifically investigate movements and behaviour of white sharks, and;
  • Development of acoustic detection systems and new deterrent mechanisms.

The full report is available at

Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly:

"This bipartisan report clearly endorses the McGowan Government's world-first shark deterrent subsidy and recommends other States to follow WA's lead. 

"Given there were several senior Federal Liberal figures on the committee, the question now is, will the WA Liberal and National members stop playing politics and support our successful subsidy? 

"We have always said our shark mitigation policies will be based on science and it is good to see the committee also recommend further shark mitigation research by review and fund this. 

"Since March, the McGowan Government has introduced a world-first shark deterrent subsidy, extended the Shark Monitoring Network to Esperance, provided more than $6 million to Surf Life Saving WA to carry out patrols, allocated funding for Beach Emergency Numbers sign system and provided funding for a beach enclosure at Falcon.

"The McGowan Government will continue to look at new technologies that are backed by science to improve shark mitigation in WA." 

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