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Saturday 13 May 2017

Government announces new shark mitigation program

The Government has launched a multi-faceted shark mitigation strategy that includes a subsidy trial for independently verified shark deterrent devices.

A rebate of $200 for 1,000 independently verified shark deterrent devices is available from 26 May 2017. 

The program will also see the deployment of new Shark Monitoring Network buoys to the Esperance region along with additional funding for increased coastal drone surveillance, a new emergency numbering system for beaches and a beach enclosure barrier in Mandurah.

The approach focusses on innovative technologies to provide additional protection for those at most risk.

Grants have also been made available for local councils to install a Beach Emergency Numbering (BEN) system - a coding system designed to improve emergency response times.

Funding and support has been extended to Surf Life Saving WA to use drones to monitor beaches, following its successful trial in 2016. 

Two satellite-linked Shark Monitoring Network receivers will be deployed at Esperance to detect tagged sharks and the City of Mandurah will receive $200,000 to install a beach enclosure at Falcon Beach.

Funds have also been committed to ensure the continuation of aerial and beach patrols​.

For more information, visit the the Sharksmart website and the Western Australian Shark Hazard Mitigation strategy.​

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