The government of the Australian state of New South Wales is deploying drones, sonar and helicopters this summer in a bid to protect beachgoers from sharks.

At an event at Sydney’s Coogee Beach on Sunday, Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair formally announced a world-first A$16 million (US$12 million) shark strategy.

Fears about sharks coming too close to surfers, swimmers and fisherman have risen in recent months after a number of attacks in the state’s north. So far in 2015, 13 unprovoked shark attack cases have been recorded in NSW by the Australian Shark Attack File, with one fatality. In 2014, there were only three such incidents. Read more…

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Shark-detecting technology will patrol Sydney’s beaches this summer