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Science & Research

The Western Australian Government's shark mitigation strategy has a strong evidence based focus, backed by science. The Government has supported a variety of research projects and initiatives to enhance our understanding of shark biology and ecology to better inform our government policies. 

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White Shark Movement & Population

White Shark Movement & Population

Some of the world's leading shark research has been conducted in Australia by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and CSIRO, to gain a better understanding about white shark movements and population size. This research helps to inform our shark mitigation strategies. 

A summary of important research findings are outlined below and can be downloaded in our fact sheet.

Scientific non-lethal SMART drumline trial

Scientific non-lethal SMART drumline trial

The Western Australian Government has committed to conduct a scientific trial of non-lethal SMART drumlines and to deploy additional satellite-linked (VR4G) acoustic receivers in the South West. 

Following public consultation, ten SMART drumlines will be deployed evenly across 11.5 kilometres of coastline in the State’s South West, about 500 metres offshore from Hangmans surfbreak north of Gracetown to Ellensbrook in the south. 

Shark Tagging

Shark Tagging

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and its partners have acoustically tagged more than 450 bronze, tiger and white sharks.

These sharks may trigger a real-time response through the satellite-linked (VR4G) receiver network, notifying the public and response agencies of a potential shark hazard.

Shark Monitoring Network

Shark Monitoring Network

The Shark Monitoring Network (SMN) consists of 30 satellite-linked receivers, which provide land managers and relevant authorities with near real-time alerts of tagged sharks at key locations, enabling beaches to be closed when needed. 

Research Reports

Research Reports

Research is a crucial element of the Western Australian Government’s shark mitigation strategy. The following research reports have been published as the Government and its partners continue to investigate ways to enhance and expand existing shark mitigation measures. 

Shark detection and deterrent technologies

Shark detection and deterrent technologies

The Western Australian Government has invested in a variety of projects aimed at investigating the development of non-lethal shark detection and deterrent technologies to further protect WA beachgoers.