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Find the latest advice, warnings, information and news here, to help you stay informed and be SharkSmart.

You can filter the latest information by alert, or media release. Current alerts and warnings are at the top of the page and highlighted. 

Visit this page regularly to stay updated with the latest shark information.

17 May 2017

Shark ADVICE for Nanga Peninsula in Shark Bay

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported on the Nanga Peninsula, inside of the Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve in Shark Bay.

Situation:

  • The whale carcass, believed to be a 12 mtr Brydes whale, was reported by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, at 1pm on 17 May.
  • It is possible the carcass will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.
  • While it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution in the area.

What to do:

  • The Department of Fisheries advice to water users is to take additional caution in the Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve on the Nanga Peninsula.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Department of Parks and Wildlife officers.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
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13 May 2017

A smarter approach to shark mitigation in WA waters

Media Release
  • Election commitment for a shark deterrent subsidy delivered
  • Shark monitoring network extended to Esperance 
  • Election commitment for Beach Emergency Numbering grants delivered
  • Funding provided to the City of Mandurah for beach enclosure at Falcon Beach
  • Aerial and beach patrols funded after former government left budget black hole 
12 May 2017

Shark ADVICE for the Canal Rocks area, south of Yallingup

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update 17 May:

Department of Parks and Wildlife has advised the carcass has now been removed, and signs will be removed at 2pm today.

Even though the carcass has been removed, as it could have been attracting sharks close to shore in the area since Friday, Department of Fisheries advise continued caution for water users in the area over the next few days.   

Alert level (issued 12 May):
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported washed onto rocks, north of the Canal Rocks Boat Ramp, south of Yallingup.

Situation:

  • The 6m pilot whale carcass was reported by Department of Parks and Wildlife at 12:50 today.
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife has advised the carcass is currently unable to be removed from the rocks.
  • It is possible the decomposing carcass will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.
  • Warning signage has been placed in the area.
  • While it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution in the Canal Rocks area.
02 May 2017

Shark ADVICE – Ocean Reef SMN receiver offline

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update: 3.45pm, 8 May 2017
Fisheries advise that the Ocean Reef Shark Monitoring Network satellite-linked receiver is back on line. The network is now fully operational.

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued for Western Australian water users due to a partial outage in the shark notification system.

Situation:

  • Fisheries advise tagged shark detections from the Shark Monitoring Network satellite-linked receiver located at Ocean Reef are currently offline.
  • The remainder of the system is fully operational.

What to do:

  • Adhere to any beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • During this time of year many beaches are not patrolled fulltime, so water users need to take responsibility for their actions by staying up to date.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
20 April 2017

Wylie Bay beaches reopen but caution is advised

Current Alerts and Warnings

Department of Fisheries officers will continue patrols of Wylie Bay and the Kelp Beds surf break, near Esperance, following the reopening of beaches after Monday’s fatal shark bite incident.

Situation:

  • Local authorities reopened the beaches and removed signs around 10.30am today.
  • Beaches approximately three kilometres either side of the incident site at Kelp Beds Beach had been closed, immediately following the Easter Monday incident.
  • Department of Fisheries officers have carried out water and land-based beach patrols, since the incident, to advise as many holiday-makers as possible to stay out of the water.
  • No shark sightings have been reported in the Wylie Bay area since the fatal incident.

What to do:

  • Our advice to water users is to use caution if they plan to go surfing, swimming or diving in the Wylie Bay area.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
19 April 2017

Beaches remain closed in area of fatal shark bite incident

Current Alerts and Warnings

Department of Fisheries officers will today continue patrols of Wylie Bay and the Kelp Beds surf break, near Esperance, where a fatal shark bite incident occurred late on Easter Monday.

Situation:

  • Beaches approximately three kilometres either side of the incident site at Kelp Beds Beach were closed by local authorities, following the fatal incident.
  • Department of Fisheries officers carried out water and land-based beach patrols yesterday, to advise as many holiday-makers as possible to be aware of the incident and to stay out of the water.
  • No shark sightings were reported in the Wylie Bay area on Tuesday (18 April).

What to do:

  • Wylie Bay Beach has been closed by local authorities until further notice.
  • Our advice to water users is to not go surfing, swimming or diving in the Wylie Bay area for at least the next 24 hours.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
17 April 2017

Fatal shark bite incident near Esperance

Current Alerts and Warnings

Department of Fisheries officers are currently involved in assisting WA Police following a fatal shark bite incident at Kelp Beds surf break in Wylie Bay, near Esperance.

Situation:

  • A female surfer received fatal injuries, after being bitten by a shark at approximately 4pm today.

What to do:

  • Wylie Bay Beach has been closed by local authorities until further notice.
  • Our advice to water users is not undertake surfing, swimming or diving activities in the Wylie Bay area for at least the next 48 hours.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
13 March 2017

Shark WARNING Cape Hamelin to Eagle Bay.

Current Alerts and Warnings

A shark WARNING has been issued for the area between Cape Hamelin and Eagle Bay in the South West after an increased number of reported shark sightings.

02 March 2017

Shark WARNING for Middleton Beach near Albany

Current Alerts and Warnings

A shark WARNING has been issued for Middleton Beach in the City of Albany after an increased number of tagged shark detections.

 

27 February 2017

Shark WARNING for Mauds Point, near Coral Bay

Current Alerts and Warnings

A shark WARNING has been issued for Mauds Point, near Coral Bay after an interaction with a shark was reported. The incident occurred on Saturday 25 February and was reported to authorities on Monday 27 February.