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Shark hazard mitigation strategies.
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Research & Initiatives

The State Government is supporting a variety of research projects and initiatives to gain a better understanding of shark biology and ecology by implementing (and investigating) various public safety initiatives and making changes to government policy. The aim is to provide everyone with useful information to make informed decisions about their water use.

Shark activity in the media

Clever Buoy Trial

Clever Buoy Trial

The Western Australian Government has provided up to $500,000 in operational costs to support a Clever Buoy trial at City Beach, in the Town of Cambridge. The trial will be conducted from December 2016 to 31 March 2017, and may extend until Easter 2017.

Shark Monitoring Network

Shark Monitoring Network

The Shark Monitoring Network (SMN) is one of the largest and most sophisticated research and public safety projects of its kind, providing vital public safety warnings that may help save peoples’ lives.

Shark Tagging

Shark Tagging

The Department of Fisheries currently monitors over 860 acoustically tagged sharks – including 220 white sharks.

Shark Monitoring Network Research Map

Shark Monitoring Network Research Map

This map allows you to explore data collected by the Department of Fisheries’ Shark Monitoring Network (SMN) and the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN). You can use it to investigate how many tagged sharks (and other fish) have been detected near you, when they were detected and the pathways they use to travel around the coast.

Tagged Shark Movements

Tagged Shark Movements

View videos showing tagged shark movements around the Western Australian coast, which have been developed from tag detection data collected by acoustic receivers deployed through the Shark Monitoring Network, the Ocean Tracking Network and the Department of Fisheries’ Cockburn Sound Array.

Shark detection and deterrent technologies

Shark detection and deterrent technologies

The Western Australian Government committed $1.9 million to support the Applied Research Program – Shark Hazard Mitigation which has sponsored eight research projects since December 2012. 

Research Reports

Research Reports

Research is a crucial element of the Western Australian Government’s shark hazard mitigation strategy. The following research reports have been published as the Government and its partners continue to investigate ways to enhance and expand existing shark hazard mitigation measures. 

 

Shark Response Unit

Shark Response Unit

The Shark Response Unit was created within the Department of Fisheries to research shark populations and movements, coordinate responses to sharks posing a serious threat to public safety and provide advice and information to people who are considering using the water.

What our community has told us

What our community has told us

To help understand how the fear of sharks might be affecting community behaviour, the WA Government recently completed a major research project involving 768 Western Australians.