The Western Australian Government is committed to keeping the community as safe as possible when using our oceans. There is no one simple solution, shark encounters are rare and the following shark safety initiatives, operational responses and shark safety tips, allow the community to keep informed and help reduce the risk of a shark encounter.
Beach Enclosures20 September 2018
A beach enclosure is a protected swimming area featuring a physical barrier to reduce the risk of a shark encounter. The barrier aims to prevent sharks from entering an enclosed area and covers the full water column (anchored to the seabed and connected to floats at the surface)
Shark barriers differ from shark netting, in that they do not trap marine life, whereas netting is designed to trap sharks.
The Western Australian Government has provided funding towards a number of beach enclosures to protect swimmers from sharks. Current locations include:
- Old Dunsborough Beach, City of Busselton
- Busselton foreshore, City of Busselton
- Middleton Beach, City of Albany
- Sorrento Beach, City of Joondalup
- Quinns Beach, City of Wanneroo
In May 2017, the City of Mandurah was offered $200,000 towards installing a beach enclosure at Falcon Beach.
The City of Cockburn has also funded its own enclosure at Coogee Beach near Fremantle.