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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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Shark Monitoring Network Research Map

Shark Monitoring Network Research Map

15 April 2014

This map allows you to explore data collected from the Shark Monitoring Network (SMN) and the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN). You can use it to investigate how many tagged sharks (and other fish) have been detected near you, when they were detected and the pathways they use to travel around the coast.

As this map provides detailed content and data, it is best viewed in a desktop environment.

The red boxes around the Western Australian coast indicate the areas where receivers are installed, known as ‘arrays’. By clicking on these boxes, you can see a summary of how many and what type of receivers are deployed in each array.

When you zoom in on an array or click Zoom To in an array’s pop-up window, you will see individual acoustic receivers’ locations and types. Data recording (VR2W) receivers are shown as blue circles, satellite-linked (VR4G) receivers are yellow and temporary or historic receiver locations are shown as black circles. The black box over Cockburn Sound (in the Perth Metro Array) highlights the historic Department of Fisheries’ Cockburn Sound array.

If you click on an individual receiver’s location or the Cockburn Sound array, a summary of tag detections, and when the data was last refreshed will pop-up. Detection data for different species are organized in separate pages, which you can scroll through by clicking the arrows at the top of the pop-up windows.

Please note due to operational requirements receivers may be added or moved. The map will be updated as required.

For information regarding the deployment of acoustic receivers as part of the seven year research project between 2009-2016 please read more... 

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