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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.

30 April 2018

Shark ADVICE for Three Bears, near Yallingup

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update 10am, 21 June 2018

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has extended the Regulation 44 beach closure related to a decomposing whale carcass south of Three Bears surfing spot, near Yallingup.

The closure will remain in force until 6pm on Thursday 28 June 2018.

The closure extends from 600 metres north of the Three Bears Carpark to 300 metres north of Shivery Rock surf break.

This means beaches and waters up to two kilometres out to sea cannot be used by divers, surfers and swimmers. This closure does not apply to vessels.

The slowly decomposing whale carcass remains in this area and may continue to act as an attractant to sharks.

A further assessment will be carried out by DBCA, before the closure is due to end next Thursday.

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

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24 April 2018

Shark ADVICE for Redgate Beach and Hamelin Bay area closures

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update 10am, 21 June 2018

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has extended the Regulation 44 closure for Redgate Beach. The closure will remain in force until at least 6pm on Thursday 28 June 2018, when a further review will be conducted.

The closure applies to the area between Redgate Beach Carpark and the whole of Redgate Beach due to the slowly decomposing whale carcass that remains in this area.

The decomposing whale carcass may continue to act as an attractant to sharks.

The closure is in place from the shoreline to two kilometres out to sea. This means beaches and waters in this area cannot be used by divers, surfers and swimmers. This closure does not apply to vessels.

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

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31 May 2018

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Notification System

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update 1 June, 8:30am

The shark notification system outage, related to tagged shark detections, has been restored and is fully operational. Detection information has been reviewed during the time of the outage and no detections occurred during this period. 

The system for reporting and publishing shark sighting reports was not affected during the outage. 

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

Keep informed of the latest reported sightings and tagged shark detection information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.

24 May 2018

Hot off the shelves - new surfer specific personal shark deterrent subsidy now available

Media Release
  • Subsidy on Ocean Guardian Surf+ personal shark deterrent now available in stores
  • University research shows the device, even in extreme circumstances, significantly reduces the risk of shark interactions
  • An additional $200,000 added to subsidy program for a further 1,000 devices
24 May 2018

Shark ADVICE for Cheynes Beach, east of Albany

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 1 June at 8.50am:

The City of Albany has removed the whale carcass from Cheynes Bay, east of Albany and the beach has been reopened.

Additional caution at this location is still advised as any residue from where the whale carcass was beached may still attract sharks to the area.

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

22 May 2018

New surf device added to McGowan Government's world-first personal shark deterrent subsidy program

Media Release
  • Ocean Guardian Surf+ personal shark deterrent added to subsidy program after independent testing
  • University research shows the device, even in extreme circumstances, significantly reduces the risk of shark interactions
  • An additional $200,000 added to subsidy program for a further 1,000 devices
22 May 2018

Research finds surfer shark deterrent significantly reduces the risk of attack

Media Release
  • University research shows the Ocean Guardian Surf+, even in extreme circumstances, significantly reduces the risk of shark interactions by at least 60 per cent
  • McGowan Government calls on NSW Government to release the final university report into shark deterrent effectiveness
  • Subject to the final report, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has recommended the Surf+ device be added to the personal shark deterrent subsidy program 
14 May 2018

Shark WARNING for waters around Lefthanders Surf Spot

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for waters between Big Rock Surf Spot and Ellensbrook Beach, near Gracetown, after an interaction with a shark at Lefthanders Surf Spot, which occurred Friday, was reported late today.

29 April 2018

McGowan Government extends daily Surf Life Saving WA chopper patrols

Media Release
  • McGowan Government provides SLSWA about $350,000 to extend daily aerial service to 27 May, 2018
  • Commonly patrols finish at the end of April, after the school holidays
  • A bumper salmon run and the biggest mass whale stranding in 10 years is believed to be contributing to higher sightings of large marine animals, including white sharks
28 April 2018

Shark WARNING for Gearys Beach, south of Mandurah

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for Gearys Beach, south of Mandurah, after an interaction with a shark 50 metres offshore was reported at 5pm this evening.