WA state government extend shark monitoring network to Esperance

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly announced Kelps Bed and West beaches in Esperance have been selected as the locations for two new satellite-linked tagged shark detectors.

The news on Tuesday June 20 comes after the new Labor Government announced a shark mitigation strategy which included the shark detectors in Esperance last month.

The strategy was released as a result of a fatal shark attack at Kelps Beds over the Easter weekend.

The locations of these receivers were decided by the Esperance community through stakeholder consultation and an online survey.

The community overwhelmingly supported Kelp Beds as the primary location, with 84 per cent of total respondents selecting it as their first or second choice, while 54 per cent of respondents selected West Beach as either their first or second preference.

The receivers enable authorities to detect tagged sharks in the area, and in real-time, upload information regarding the shark to the SharkSmart.com.au activity map and the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.