Call for shark find­ings

Stirling Times - - Opinion - Laura Pond

SCARBOROUGH Beach stake­hold­ers are urg­ing the State Gov­ern­ment to re­lease re­sults of last year’s shark alert sys­tem trial at City Beach.

Smart Marine Sys­tems’ Clever Buoy marine mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem was in­stalled at the beach over the 2016-17 sum­mer as part of a $500,000 trial funded by the pre­vi­ous State gov­ern­ment.

The Scarborough Beach As­so­ci­a­tion is con­sid­er­ing us­ing the sys­tem this year but chair­man Wayne Bowen said they needed to know the out­come of the trial.

“Un­for­tu­nately this re­port has not been re­leased by the State Gov­ern­ment, even though they have had it since De­cem­ber 2017,” he said.

“Un­til the re­port and its re­sults are re­leased, the ben­e­fits or ap­pro­pri­ate­ness of this tech­nol­ogy for our pur­pose can­not en­ter the pub­lic de­bate.

“This de­lay is un­nec­es­sary and time-wast­ing, par­tic­u­larly if there is any chance or de­sire of hav­ing this or some other sys­tem in place for the com­ing spring months when beach­go­ers start to re­build again.”

Fish­eries Min­is­ter Dave Kelly would not con­firm when the re­port would be re­leased.

“We’re still con­sid­er­ing the find­ings of the Clever Buoy trial,” he said.

Mr Kelly an­nounced last week that the Ocean Guardian Surf+ per­sonal shark de­ter­rent would be added to the list of sub­sidised de­vices.

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