Western Australia

New surf device added to world-first personal shark deterrent subsidy program

WA Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly has announced the inclusion of a new surfer specific device to the WA Government’s world-first personal shark deterrent subsidy.

The Ocean Guardian’s (formerly known as SharkShield) Surf+ device was university-tested off the Neptune Islands in South Australia – a known white shark aggregation point.

The Minister called on the New South Wales Government to release a final report about the effectiveness of personal shark deterrent devices, tested by Flinders University. Following calls from the WA Minister, the NSW Government has released the report.

After considering the final report, the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has decided to include the Surf+ device in the subsidy program.

From Friday (May 25 2018), Western Australians will be able to access a $200 rebate through retailers who sell the newly approved shark deterrent device and are registered with the department.

Western Australians have embraced the world-first subsidy since it was introduced almost one year ago, with more than 1,700 Western Australians purchasing an accredited personal deterrent device through the program.

The rebate forms just one facet of the WA Government’s comprehensive shark mitigation strategy. Other measures include more than $7 million in funding for Surf Life Saving WA beach, helicopter and drone patrols; expanding the Shark Monitoring Network to Esperance; funding Beach Emergency Number signs; and funding for a swimming enclosure at Falcon.

Source: WA Government