The Premier and the Minister for Fisheries today announced a $6.85 million package over four years for shark mitigation, education and research.
Extensive consultation and research has led to the new measures which are aimed at reducing the risk of beachgoers being attacked.
The measures include:
- a new service to track, catch and, if necessary, destroy sharks in close proximity to beachgoers;
- a feasibility study and trial of a shark enclosure;
- continuation of shark tagging programs;
- an applied research fund;
- jet skis for Surf Lifesaving WA; and
- more community awareness programs.
This funding is in addition to $13.65 m announced for shark mitigation last year.
Surf Life Saving WA also announcemed the commencement of seven day a week helicopter patrols in the metropolitan area from this weekend, September 29.