WA Fisheries Minister Peter Tinley has approved the deployment of two Shark Monitoring Network receivers at Bunker Bay and installation of a land-based alert tower following a shark attack at The Farm surf break on July 3 20201.
The most recent incident was not fatal, but an earlier shark attack in September 2011, at another popular Bunker Bay surfing break, resulted in the tragic death of 21-year-old body boarder Kyle Burden.
The two new receivers, which are scheduled for deployment in October 2020, can detect tagged sharks up to 400m away and will provide the best coverage option for Bunker Bay.
Once on line, the receivers will expand Western Australia’s Shark Monitoring Network to 34 locations – nine of which have been added by the McGowan Government, including four along the Esperance coast and three near Gracetown.
As with Esperance and the coastal zone for the SMART Drumline Trial, a shark warning system will be installed on a beach site, between the two new Bunker Bay receivers.
The City of Busselton will operate the tower’s lights and sirens, which can be activated to alert water users when a tagged shark is detected or if there is a reported shark sighting.
The estimated cost of the two new receivers is $150,000 while the alert tower will cost $15,000 to install.
Source: WA Government