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Shark deterrents prove popular with community

More than 630 Western Australians have now accessed the State Government’s world-first trial shark deterrent subsidy and have greater protection in the ocean, according to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly.

Surfer rides a wave at Trigg Beach.

The trial subsidy for 1,000 independently verified devices is part of a range of shark hazard mitigation strategies driven by the State Government’s focus on science and new technologies to help protect water users.

The $200 rebates are available through retail outlets, who sell the approved shark deterrent device. Details on how the scheme works are available via the SharkSmart website at http://www.sharksmart.com.au

SharkSmart is also the place to go for families to be informed about alerts, tagged shark detections, reported shark sightings, and safety tips, as families plan school holiday activities.

The Government urges all water users to help each other by reporting all shark sightings to Water Police on 9442 8600. This will ensure that SharkSmart and the Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) Twitter service can alert the community and that beach managers can close beaches, if necessary.

During the school holidays, the SLSWA Perth and South-West helicopters will be patrolling beaches along the coast and also reporting any shark sightings to Water Police as well.

Source: Government of Western Australia.