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Newly approved personal shark deterrent device for surfers is now eligible for a $200 rebate under the subsidy program.
Friday 25 May 2018

New surfer specific personal shark deterrent subsidy now available

​Surfers are being urged to consider buying the new surfer specific device, which from today can be purchased through the personal shark deterrent subsidy.

The Ocean Guardian's Surf+ device was tested and proven to reduce the risk of a shark interaction by Flinders University in extreme circumstances - chummed and baited waters in a known shark aggregation area. In more normal surfing conditions, the device is likely to produce an even higher level of deterrence.

The device will allow surfers to take protection with them, even to the most remote surf locations in WA.

Western Australians can now access a $200 rebate through retailers who sell the newly approved shark deterrent device and are registered with the department.

The inclusion of the surf device, follows last year's launch of a subsidy for the Ocean Guardian Freedom 7, which is primarily used by divers.

More than 1,700 Western Australians have purchased this device.

The rebate forms just one facet of a comprehensive shark mitigation strategy.


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