WA government says shark-spotting drones better than personal ‘shark shields’

A drone that will be used to track sharks on the NSW north coast.

A shark-spotting surveillance drone will be used to boost beach patrols in Western Australia’s South West in a three-month trial set to start next month.

Fisheries Minister Joe Francis said the $88,000 trial, part of the Government’s shark mitigation strategy, would allow Surf Life Saving WA to purchase and operate several drones along the Perth metropolitan coast and South West.

The drone will be equipped with high definition cameras which will stream live vision back to surf lifesaving staff.

“Drone technology has advanced significantly in recent years and it makes sense to test if it can be used effectively to make our beaches safer,” Mr Francis said.

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