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Staying safe

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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.

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What our community has told us

What our community has told us

06 November 2013

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

In 2013, the research showed that while the majority of people haven’t significantly changed their beach use since the recent spate of fatal shark attacks, 40 per cent of metropolitan (and 37 per cent of regional respondents) believe they’re more likely to encounter a shark today than two years ago.

Advice was supplied to help individuals take responsibility for their safety, including education on ways to mitigate risk and information on beach closures. 

The community is also interested in receiving information about sharks off the WA coast - in particular knowing what beach closures are in place (from shark sightings or detections). That’s why this SHARKSMART website, and Surf Lifesaving’s smart phone app, is so handy.

In terms of initiatives that make the community feel safer, shark tagging and Government-funded aerial surveillance for Perth and South West beaches offered a lot of reassurance.

The majority of West Australians believe that safety responsibility lies with individuals with education and information proving most important in reducing shark risks. This SHARKSMART site is designed to impart that information.

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