Shark buoys may be tested in NSW
WEST Perth-developed shark protection buoys could be tested in the Manly electorate of NSW Premier Mike Baird before a Cottesloe Beach shark barrier is trialled in WA Premier Colin Barnett’s seat.
“We have indicated we are happy for the buoys to be trialled at our beach,” Manly Mayor Jean Hay said , after her council helped prompt a review of offshore shark nets in NSW.
The council and residents are concerned netting kills harmless species and affects rare shark populations.
Mr Barnett has said that allowing the method, not used in WA, is inconsistent with opposition to baited drum lines.
On Australia Day, Mr Baird said that if he was re-elected in March the buoys, developed for an undisclosed amount by Havelock Street-based Shark Attack Mitigation Strategies’ (SAMS), would get a $100,000 trial at undecided popular Sydney beaches.
It is claimed the buoys recognise passing sharks from a sonar signal sent out several hundred metres, before a warning is sent by satellite.
“They haven’t been developed in the past mainly because of the costs associated with sonar, and developing the software,” SAMS co-founder Craig Anderson said.
He said the Government could reconsider the buoys, which are not part of WA’s shark attack mitigation strategy.
A Department of Premier and Cabinet spokesman said the Government would wait on the outcomes of eight research projects totalling $2 million, including Curtin University sonar research.
The installation of drumlines to catch a resident shark before an attack will be opposed at a Scarborough Beach rally on February 8.