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News and Alerts

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.

11 August 2018

Shark ADVICE for Tagon Beach, Cape Arid

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Tagon Beach, Cape Arid east of Esperance.

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10 August 2018

Shark ADVICE for Peppermint Grove Beach, near Capel

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Peppermint Grove Beach, near Capel.

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28 July 2018

Shark ADVICE for outage of Smiths Beach SMN receiver

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 30 July at 12.55pm

The satellite-linked receiver at Smiths Beach, south of Yallingup, has a been damaged by recent storms and is not in service.

This is the only receiver out of service and the remainder of the Shark Monitoring Network is fully functional.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will be working to restore the system to full operational status as soon as possible.

Weather, and associated sea conditions in the area are likely to delay the remediation work necessary to bring this receiver back into service. 

Current forecast means that a maintenance program cannot be undertaken for at least the next week, with the area set to receive swells over 4m. The department will continue to monitor the forecasts and make the required repairs to the satellite-linked received, when it is next safe to do so.

Once operational, public advice will be provided

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

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22 July 2018

Shark ADVICE for Nickol Bay near Karratha

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported on a mudflat, 2 kilometres north of Karratha in Nickol Bay.

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14 August 2018

WA to conduct scientific trial of SMART drumlines

Media Release
  • McGowan Government will conduct a non-lethal SMART drumline trial in WA's south-west
  • The trial will be subject to independent scientific assessment to determine its effectiveness 
  • An independent review to be conducted by Chief Scientist Peter Klinken 
08 August 2018

Shark ADVICE for Sandy Cape Beach, Jurien Bay Marine Park

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Sandy Cape Beach in the Jurien Bay Marine Park, between Jurien and Greenhead town sites.

07 August 2018

Shark ADVICE for Mindarie in the City of Wanneroo

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 8 August at 2.35pm

Please note that yesterday's alert incorrectly said DBCA staff removed the whale carcass. 

Removal of the carcass was actually carried out by the City of Wanneroo officers.

The carcass was removed from Claytons Surf Spot, not Mindarie Beach as first reported.

Additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, as residue from the whale carcass may still attract sharks to the Mindarie area.

Water users should check the SharkSmart Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to their local beaches. 

Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600

05 August 2018

Shark ADVICE for Florida Beach, Mandurah

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 6 August at 9.35am

The City of Mandurah has removed the whale carcass from Florida Beach in Mandurah.

Additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, as any residue from where the whale carcass was beached may still attract sharks to the area.

Water users should check the SharkSmart Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to their local beaches. 

Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600

26 July 2018

Shark ADVICE for Knobby Head, Shire of Irwin

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 27 July at 4:00pm

The Shire of Irwin has removed the whale carcass from Knobby Head, north of Leeman.

Additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, as any residue from where the whale carcass was beached may still attract sharks to the area.

Water users should check the SharkSmart Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to their local beaches. 

Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600

25 July 2018

Shark ADVICE for Jurabi Point Beach, Ningaloo Marine Park

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 26 July at 4:35pm

The Department of Biodiversity, Conversation and Attractions has removed the whale carcass from Jurabi Point Beach, Ningaloo Marine Park.

Additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, as any residue from where the whale carcass was beached may still attract sharks to the area.

Water users should check the SharkSmart Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to their local beaches. 

Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600.