Flag_WA2Media Release

Department of Fisheries, Western Australia

29. January 2014

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  • State Government’s SHARKSMART website launched today
  • Features up-to-date information on shark movements and behaviour
  • Part of State Government’s $22million Shark Hazard Mitigation Policy

A cutting edge shark education website that features up-to-date information on shark movements, world class research into their behaviour, and satellite tracking of dozens of sharks, is now online.

Fisheries Minister Ken Baston said the SHARKSMART website answered many important questions about sharks and what was being done to mitigate the risk of attacks along Western Australian beaches.

 “The website is designed to give detailed, accurate information to the public quickly. It will be a great reference point for those interested in, or concerned about, sharks near our beaches,” Mr Baston said.

 “It also provides advice about what swimmers and other water users can do to minimise their own risk, and provides the phone number for you to call if you spot a shark.”

 Information on the comprehensive site includes:

  • What to do if you spot a shark
  • How to reduce the chance of encountering a shark
  • Details of the State Government’s shark research and hazard mitigation initiatives
  • Cutting-edge monitoring of shark movements
  • Videos that reveal the travel patterns of 29 tagged sharks in WA waters
  • Latest research on shark behaviour
  • Shark education
  • A gallery of sharks found in local waters.

The Minister said the site would soon have technology providing world-first, satellite-based live shark tracking information.

“The development of that feature is well under way, and once we know that the data it provides is reliable and well tested, it will be added to the site,” he said.

In the meantime, beach users are advised to follow Surf Life Saving WA’s twitter account for the latest on shark sightings @SLSWA.

The website has been designed so that it can be viewed from phones and other mobile devices without the need to download an application first.

Related Documents (jpg-files):

SHARKSMART

Separating fact from fiction

Shark Hazard Mitigation Program

Fact File

Source: Department of Fisheries WA