Shark detection buoys now at two Esperance beaches

Deployment of the shark detection buoy at Kelps Bed.
Deployment of the shark detection buoy at Kelps Bed.

The satellite-linked receivers which are set to detect sharks in the area have now been installed in Esperance.

Installation occurred on Wednesday, June 21 as part of the WA government’s shark monitoring network.

Kelp Beds and West Beach were chosen as the two locations for the new satellite-linked receivers following consultation with the Esperance community, including stakeholder meetings and an online survey.

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.

Information is simultaneously sent by text to beach managers, such as lifeguards or rangers, so they can close beaches, or erect warning signs if needed.

Fisheries minister Dave Kelly said the technology would give people better awareness and choice before going into the water.

“These receivers will help people to make an informed choice before entering the water. It is important people consider their personal safety at all times,” he said.

It is still important all water users keep vigilant and to alert other people in the area to any shark sightings they make.

All shark sightings should be reported to the Water Police on 9442 8600.

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