NSW offers to loan SMART drumlines to WA

Sophie Moore

The West Australian government should accept a loan of SMART drumlines from New South Wales to help protect ocean users from shark attacks, the state's opposition says.

NSW Minister for Primary Industries Niall Bell has offered to "pay it forward" and loan five SMART drumlines and experts to WA.

The offer came after Liberal MP's Ms Mettam and Zak Kirkup approached the NSW's Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair following two recent shark attacks in the Margaret River region.

Opposition Tourism spokeswoman Libby Mettam says the McGowan government has a "golden opportunity" to potentially save lives and to not accept that offer would be "petty in the extreme".

But Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly says there has been no independent assessment of the NSW's drumline trial and accused the NSW government of grandstanding over the issue.

"Before we commit to millions of dollars of expenditure here in Western Australia we'd like to see some independent analysis as to whether that program would make our beaches safer," Mr Kelly said.

He called on NSW to release its data to the public for transparent evaluation.

"Of course the New South Wales government are going to say what they're doing is effective because they've already committed million of dollars to it," he said.

The cost of the drum lines was still cheap compared to ongoing monitoring costs that would be incurred to catch and release the sharks, he said.

Federal Minister Josh Frydenberg has invited Mr Kelly to Canberra to discuss the problem.

Mr Kelly claims the minister failed to meet with him earlier, in efforts at "political point scoring".

"The way the Federal Minster has dealt with this is nothing short of appalling," he said.