WA: 1,000 shark deterrent subsidies claimed within six months

Media Release

Department of Fisheries, Western Australia

26. November 2017

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  • Subsidy funding doubled with an additional $200,000 allocated for a further 1,000 devices
  • UWA research found that the approved device deterred white sharks in nine out of 10 occasions
  • All shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600

Western Australians have embraced the McGowan Government’s world-first trial shark deterrent subsidy with the first 977 rebates claimed within six months. 

The trial subsidy, which began on May 26, 2017, was originally for 1,000 independently verified devices, but given the popularity of the program, Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly has doubled the funding to allow for an additional 1,000 rebates. 

This means people can continue to access the $200 rebates available through retail outlets, who sell the approved shark deterrent device. Details on how the scheme works are available via the SharkSmart website at http://www.sharksmart.com.au.

SharkSmart is also the place to go to for people to be informed about alerts, tagged shark detections, reported shark sightings and safety tips, as people plan Christmas holiday activities. 

The Government urges all water users to help each other by reporting all shark sightings to Water Police on 9442 8600. This will ensure that SharkSmart and the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter service can alert the community and that beach managers can close beaches, if necessary.

Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly: 

“The demand we have seen since the world-first subsidy came into place in late May, proves it is popular with the community.

“Given the overwhelming support from the public, it’s time the Liberal and National members stop playing politics and support this successful subsidy. 

“The Shark Shield FREEDOM7 can be used by both surfers and divers, and university research shows the device works nine out of 10 times against white sharks.

“As a result of the introduction of the subsidy there are a number of other devices that are currently being independently tested, including devices that are specifically marketed at surfers. 

“If these devices are independently verified and proven to be effective in deterring white sharks, then they will also be included in the subsidy program.” 

Source: Government of Western Australia

 

 

Spear fisherman bitten by shark off Pescadero Point, California

News Release

Monterey County Sheriff’s Office

24. November 2017

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Two off duty Deputies were finishing up their day of fishing at Still Water Cove when they were alerted to a victim of a shark bite this afternoon. A call for help went out to county communications and a short time later an on duty deputy arrived that had a medical trauma kit. One of the Deputies on scene was trained in emergency field medicine and applied a tourniquet to the man’s leg stopping his massive blood loss. The victim was transported from the scene by AMR and his condition is unknown at this time.

The Sheriff Airplane was airborne and responded to the scene. The air unit conducted a search of the area and spotted a large aquatic animal off Pescadero Point, which may have been a shark. The Sheriff Office learned the shark bite victim was spear fishing under the surface in that area when he was attacked. The air unit searched along the coastline and coordinated with CalFire units to evacuate Still Water Cove.

Below is some footage from the Sheriff’s Airplane of the area immediately after the incident. Cal Fire had their jet ski in the water and aided a swimmer back to the pier.

Thanks to the quick efforts and team work by the Deputies involved and the AMR and CalFire units on duty the victim will likely survive this rare tragedy.

Soure: Monterey County Sheriff’s Office

Shark Attack 11/24/17 Pescadero Point

Two off duty Deputies were finishing up their day of fishing at Still Water Cove when they were alerted to a victim of a shark bite this afternoon. A call for help went out to county communications and a short time later an on duty deputy arrived that had a medical trauma kit. One of the Deputies on scene was trained in emergency field medicine and applied a tourniquet to the man's leg stopping his massive blood loss. The victim was transported from the scene by AMR and his condition is unknown at this time. The Sheriff Airplane was airborne and responded to the scene. The air unit conducted a search of the area and spotted a large aquatic animal off Pescadero Point, which may have been a shark. The Sheriff Office learned the shark bite victim was spear fishing under the surface in that area when he was attacked. The air unit searched along the coastline and coordinated with CalFire units to evacuate Still Water Cove.Below is some footage from the Sheriff's Airplane of the area immediately after the incident. Cal Fire had their jet ski in the water and aided a swimmer back to the pier.Thanks to the quick efforts and team work by the Deputies involved and the AMR and CalFire units on duty the victim will likely survive this rare tragedy. AW

Posted by Monterey County Sheriff's Office on Friday, November 24, 2017

 

 

Australia: Surfer injured in Avoca NSW

News Release

NSW Police Force

13. November 2017

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A man has been injured while surfing at Avoca Beach today after being hit by what he described as a 2m shark.

The man was surfing with three others 20m-40m offshore when it jumped out of the water and hit him in the right shoulder about 4pm (Monday 13 November 2017).

The 25-year-old man was taken to Gosford Hospital by his friends after he sustained scratches and a puncture wound. His injuries are not considered serious.

Avoca Beach and North Avoca will be closed for 24 hours.

Source: NSW Police Force

 

HOLGUIN, Cuba deadly shark attack

Deadly shark attack kills man swimming off Cuban beach

HOLGUIN, Cuba – A deadly shark attack just feet away from a Cuban beach killed a 22-year-old man.

The attack occurred Saturday night off Guardalavaca Beach near the city of Holguin in the eastern part of the country.

According to a report from a website run by the Cuban government, the man was with five other people about 10 feet off the shore when he was attacked.

While in the water at around 11:00 p.m., the group swimming in the ocean was was startled to hear the man shout that he had been bitten.

The man had been bitten in his left thigh, ripping apart his femoral artery. Despite efforts to bring the victim to a nearby hospital, the man died within a few minutes.

The report does not mention the species of shark that attacked the man.

Shark attacks are considered to be rare in waters off Cuba, but officials routinely warn against nighttime swimming on the country’s beaches.

https://www.local10.com/

 

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Rohrabacher to Announce Shark Detection Project

Press Release

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

25. September 2017

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and local officials at 10 a.m. Friday will announce their support for a pilot project to prevent shark attacks along California’s coastline. The project, developed and operating in Australia, uses new, early-warning technology to notify lifeguards that a shark has entered waters enjoyed by swimmers and surfers.

Along with Newport Beach Mayor Kevin Muldoon, surf legend Ian Cairns, and representatives of Shark Mitigation Systems, the Australian company that developed such a technology, Rohrabacher will discuss the project at Ocean Boulevard and Inspiration Point in Corona Del Mar. Other local officials are expected to attend.

The Republican congressman is committed to seeing that the federal government play a positive role in protecting those who enjoy California’s beaches from shark attacks.

“It’s clear that increasing numbers of sharks have been sighted in local waters here in Southern California,” said Rohrabacher. “In fact, there have been several recent attacks, including a nearly fatal one here at Big Corona in Corona Del Mar. This technology can help us save lives and give people confidence in our local beaches.”

Later, at 1:30 p.m. Friday, the congressman will arrive at San Onofre to inspect the safety of rods used in the site’s nuclear energy facility. He will be available to the media after the inspection.

Source: Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

 

Apparent shark incident reported at Main Beach, NSW

News Release

NSW Police Force

10. September 2017

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Surfer injured in apparent shark attack

A surfer has been hospitalised after his board was hit during an apparent shark attack on the State’s north coast.

About 6.30am today (Sunday 10 September 2017), a 35-year-old man was surfing at Main Beach at Iluka.

The man has told police his board was hit from underneath, by what he assumed was a shark

As a result of the impact, the board has snapped. The injured victim has gone into the air and then re-entered the water.

He has told police the shark began to circle and then turned away.

The injured man grabbed half of his surfboard and swam to shore. Friends have driven the man to Ballina Hospital.

There, he had treatment to lacerations on his right hip before being transferred to Lismore Hospital.

Main and Bluff beaches were closed as a result of the attack.

Source: NSW Police Force