Rpela device added to shark subsidy scheme

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
The Rpela v2 device works by generating an electromagnetic field around the surfboard to deter sharks.
Camera IconThe Rpela v2 device works by generating an electromagnetic field around the surfboard to deter sharks. Credit: Barcroft Media/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

The State Government has added a new WA-made shark device to the $200 rebate scheme designed to address safety for ocean users.

The Rpela v2 device works by generating an electromagnetic field around the surfboard to deter sharks.

It joins the Ocean Guardian FREEDOM+ Surf bundle and the Ocean Guardian FREEDOM7 as eligible devices under the rebate scheme.

Fisheries Minister Don Punch said the scheme had been well-supported during the past four years.

“I strongly encourage divers and surfers to take advantage of the rebates and purchase a potentially life-saving device, with even greater choices now available,” he said.

“I also encourage anyone heading to the beach over the April school holidays to download the SharkSmart WA app so they can keep up-to-date with the latest beach safety information and warnings.”

Stocks of the devices were disrupted earlier in the pandemic, but were now widely available, Mr Punch said.

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