Shark warning towers near Dunsborough, Margaret River, to detect tagged sharks in real time
Beach safety has been given a boost in the lead up to summer thanks to the installation of automated shark detection towers.
The eight beachside shark warning towers will be able to detect tagged sharks in nearby waters and automatically trigger the beachside tower's flashing lights, siren and audio message.
These warning signals will operate for at least one hour after detection.
Two of the automated towers are installed at Cowaramup Bay and Lefthanders Surf Break, and single towers are installed at Bunker Bay near Dunsborough as well as at Twilight, West and Kelp Beds beaches along the Esperance coast.
The beachside Shark Warning System towers will operate between 5am to 7pm until the end of April and and then between 6am to 6pm for the remainder of the year.
Fisheries Minister Don Punch said he was pleased this safety improvement has been delivered in time for summer.
“The Shark Warning System beachside towers provide direct valuable alerts of shark activity, but wherever and whenever you head for the ocean, remember to switch on your Sea Sense and check the SharkSmart App,” he said.
“We have the most comprehensive and strongest evidence-based shark mitigation strategy in the world, so that people can continue to enjoy WA's beaches and ocean with confidence.”
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