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Tail of a surfboard showing how the electrical device slips under the rear foot grip.
Newly accredited shark deterrent uses a small device attached to the surfboard to send out an electric pulse.
Wednesday 23 May 2018

New surf device added to WA's personal shark deterrent subsidy

​Western Australia’s personal shark deterrent subsidy program has been expanded to include a new surfer specific device.

The inclusion follows the release of a final report about the effectiveness of personal shark deterrent devices, tested by Flinders University.

The Ocean Guardian Surf+ device was university-tested off the Neptune Islands in South Australia - a known white shark aggregation point.

After considering the final report, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has decided to include the Surf+ device in the subsidy program.

From Friday 25 May, Western Australians will be able to access a $200 rebate for an additional 1,000 accredited products through retailers who sell the newly approved shark deterrent device and are registered with the Department.

Since it was introduced almost one year ago more than 1,700 Western Australians purchasing an accredited personal deterrent device through the program.

The rebate forms just one facet of the comprehensive shark mitigation strategy, which includes funding for Surf Life Saving WA beach, helicopter and drone patrols; an expansion of the Shark Monitoring Network to Esperance; funding Beach Emergency Number signs; and funding for a swimming enclosure at Falcon.

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