Shark mitigation strategies are still at the forefront of the Labor Government’s funding announcements, with an additional $8 million dollars committed on top of $4.7 million already funded.
Keeping water users safe at iconic metropolitan WA beaches will mean increased Surf Life Saving WA helicopter, drone, beach and jet ski patrols from September to April for the next two years.
The extra funding will also go towards WA’s world-leading Shark Monitoring Network and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development tagging operations.
Fisheries Minister, Dave Kelly, said WA beaches are some of the best in the world, so a comprehensive shark hazard mitigation strategy we are helping to keep out coastline as safe as possible.
The government’s comprehensive shark mitigation strategy includes a personal shark deterrent subsidy for 3,500 drivers and surfers who purchased these devices, scientific trial of non-lethal smart drum line technology in our south west, beach emergency numbers to streamline emergency services to beach incidents, SLSWA patrols, beach enclosures, extended shark monitoring network, and improved information for water users on the Sharksmart website and app.
“Our commitment of $12.7 million over the next two years highlights our commitment to scientific, evidence based shark hazard mitigation strategies,”
“The McGowan Government is doing more than any government before, we’re doing more patrols, investing in more research and trialling more technology,” Mr Kelly said.