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WA is rebelling against Commonwealth attempts to close a big area of the State’s shark fishery, arguing it would increase the risk of shark attacks and slash the availability of locally caught seafood.
Remote-controlled aerial drones will be deployed to monitor sharks off WA beaches, but they will not be used as first spotters, under a Barnett Government trial.
WA is leading the world in research into underwater acoustic technology that it is hoped will detect sharks as they near beaches.
Surfers off Yallingup have been sent paddling back to shore after a shark - possibly a great white - charged them this afternoon.
Both sides of politics have refused to reassess their shark policies amid calls for more to be done to make the ocean safer.
The Department of Fisheries has admitted it does not know the species of shark detected off popular Perth swimming beaches despite tagging it for research and public safety purposes.
The brother of shark attack victim Ben Gerring has demanded both sides of WA politics do more to protect people from sharks, saying the WA lifestyle is being lost because of the shark threat.
Reactions to Mindarie shark attack and views on what could and should be done are mixed.
Fisheries officers will shoot any great white shark they catch in response to death of Doreen Collyer.
Sharks ranging from 2.5m to 4m have been spotted in South West over weekend.
4.5m great white circled diver off Rotto as figures show hundreds of shark reports in WA in past month.