Busselton locals can be assured their beach safety is of highest priority with three new-generation shark monitoring receivers been installed on the Busselton Jetty. Aimed to also improve network coverage, the one existing sea-based satellite-linked receiver at the jetty has been replaced with three land-based digital receivers. Solar-powered and connected to the digital phone network instead of satellite, the new receivers allow for diagnostics to be checked and assessed remotely by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Shark Response Unit, allowing for greater maintenance efficiencies. Busselton Jetty Inc ceo Lisa Shreeve described the receivers as an “excellent addition” to the Jetty. “Having the receivers and related signage on the Jetty means they are in view of hundreds of thousands of people each year, as opposed to other receivers that are attached to buoys in the ocean,” she said. “This provides a unique opportunity to further educate the community about shark mitigation technology. “Busselton Jetty Inc. marine scientists Sophie Teede and Amy Gornall are pleased to have been able to contribute to the project and look forward to helping our visitors learn more about sharks and shark safety.” Shark detections occur when an acoustically tagged shark swims within range of the receiver, providing land managers, relevant authorities and the public with near real-time alerts of tagged sharks. There are currently 37 shark monitoring receivers along the West Australian coast, with new receivers also installed at Bunker Bay, Port Beach, Leighton, Warnbro Sound, Swanbourne, Cottesloe, North Cottesloe and Mullaloo South. As part of its shark hazard mitigation strategy, the McGowan Government has committed $17 million in funding to shark hazard mitigation, with hopes to upgrade the remaining 23 Shark Monitoring Network receivers along the metropolitan coast and in regional waters to the new technology this year. Fisheries Minister Don Punch said he is pleased to be helping West Australians “enjoy the ocean with confidence”. “We have worked closely with the City of Busselton and Busselton Jetty Inc on the installation of the new receivers, which will provide greater support. . . and shark mitigation for events such as the annual Busselton Jetty Swim,” he said.