The City of Cockburn installed Australia's first Eco Shark Barrier at Coogee Beach, allowing people to enjoy a safe swimming environment all year round as it remains in place throughout the entire year. The physical barrier is safe for marine animals and the environment. The area has become a popular and safe swimming destination for people from around Perth.
The Eco-Shark Barrier has been in place at Coogee Beach since 2013. The area within the barrier is approximately 300 metres long and 75 metres wide and it extends from sea bed to surface to create a safe swimming beach. The Eco-shark barrier is a strong physical barrier made from a sturdy, flexible nylon with steel cables that is expected to last at least 10 years. The barrier does not harm marine life, but provides a unique marine habitat whilst it is in place. The City has entered into a five year lease agreement with Eco Shark Barrier Pty Ltd.
The barrier at Coogee Beach has proven to be a very popular destination for swimmers from all around Perth. It attracts schools and other swimming groups. In the summer months, one of the City’s three pontoons can be found within the barrier.
Is the barrier maintained?
Holes or damage to the City’s Eco Shark Barrier occur from time to time, particularly during winter storms and weather patterns, and maintenance is an ongoing process. This is to be expected for a flexible structure in a harsh, dynamic marine environment. Large marine life may be able to enter the barrier during these times of maintenance and repair so please look out for signage on site that may indicate when this is underway.
Barrier damage is either identified by Eco Shark Barriers through routine inspections, or otherwise reported to the City by swimmers using the barrier. Either way, minor damage is rectified as promptly as practical, or signage is displayed to notify swimmers that the barrier is under repair until it is fixed if it can’t be repaired immediately. Inspections are undertaken by Eco Shark Barrier periodically as appropriate to weather conditions.
Coogee Beach (next to Coogee Jetty)
6 Powell Rd, Coogee
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