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Thursday 6 February 2020

Shark warning towers to be installed in Esperance

The installation of new shark warning towers at three popular beaches around Esperance will soon get underway, as part of the McGowan Government's response to a fatal shark attack that claimed the life of local diver Gary Johnson on January 5.

The towers, which feature visual and audio warning systems, will be remotely triggered by shire rangers when tagged shark detections, or shark sightings in areas near the beaches, are posted on WA's shark notification system.

The three towers will be located at Kelps Bed, West Beach and Twilight Beach. In addition, two new Shark Monitoring Network receivers will be installed at Twilight Beach to keep track of tagged sharks - a process scheduled for completion in the coming weeks.

Two Shark Monitoring Network receivers are already in place at Kelp Beds and West Beach.

Esperance beachgoers and ocean users can report shark sightings to Water Police by calling 9442 8600, and the notification system will relay the report to the Esperance Shire rangers who can then activate the relevant shark warning tower. 

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