WA Announces 'SMART' Drumline Trial
The West Australian government is going ahead with a 12-month trial of new SMART drumline technology to try to prevent shark attacks.
Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly says the trial is needed because a NSW trial didn't provide enough information to determine if the technology would work in WA.
The independent trial, to be conducted by Chief Scientist Peter Klinken, will catch, tag, relocate and release sharks around the Gracetown area over 12 months.
Mr Kelly said Great Whites were responsible for all shark bites since 2000 and would therefore be targeted, but Tiger or Bull sharks over two metres would also be tagged.
The federal government announced in July it would install and monitor around 180 devices along 260km of popular beaches in the state.
The 176 drumlines would be set from Quinns Rock Beach to Mandurah in the metropolitan area and from Bunbury to Prevelly in the southwest, federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said in a statement at the time.
Eleven of the 17 fatal shark attacks occurred in the areas under consideration in the last 25 years, and the federal government said the installation cost of up to $7 million over six months should be borne by the state government.