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Aerial helicopter patrols will continue covering WA's metropolitan and south west beaches until 27 May 2018.

Monday 30 April 2018

Surf Life Saving WA helicopter patrols extended

In a first for WA, Surf Life Saving Western Australia (SLSWA) has been provided around $350,000 in additional funding to continue its daily aerial patrols of south west and metropolitan beaches until 27 May 2018.

Aerial patrols form an important part of the State’s multi-faceted shark mitigation strategy.

Patrols began on 2 September 2017, three weeks earlier than the year before, and were scheduled to conclude on 30 April 2018 - however higher levels of marine animal activity, including sharks, will see the daily patrols continue for an additional month.

There are a number of environmental factors that could potentially create higher levels of shark activity in localised areas over the late summer and autumn period, including the recent mass whale strandings and the annual salmon run.

The high number of injured whales or carcasses, on or close to shore, could be providing an opportunistic food source, while the salmon run is known to attract large marine animals during this period.

Water users are urged to check SharkSmart’s shark activity map or SLSWA’s Twitter, before going into the water.

Report any shark sightings to Water Police on 9442 8600.


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