Western Australia

Community to have their say on SMART drumline trial

WA Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly is inviting the community to go online and have their say about the non-lethal SMART drumline trial in Gracetown and extension of the Shark Monitoring Network in the Capes region.

The WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has carried out investigations to look at feasible sites in the Gracetown area for the deployment of non-lethal SMART drumlines. The department has developed two potential options for the non-lethal trial.

One option includes 12 SMART drumlines focused on surf breaks around a 9km stretch of coast in the Gracetown area. The second option includes 10 SMART drumlines to deployed evenly, about 500m from shore, along a 11.5km stretch of coast.

The community will also have its say on the locations for new satellite-link receivers in the Capes region, as part of the extended Shark Monitoring Network recently announced by the Fisheries Minister.

These receivers will detect tagged sharks in the vicinity of a satellite-linked receiver and provide real-time information to ocean users and authorities. This information is uploaded to the SharkSmart.com.au activity map and the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.

Source: WA Government