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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.

22 June 2017

Esperance receivers online and ready to detect tagged sharks

Media Release
  • WA’s shark monitoring network has expanded to 27 satellite-linked receivers
  • The receivers have now been installed at Kelp Beds and West beaches
  • Detections and sightings are posted to SharkSmart and SLSWA’s Twitter feed

Western Australia’s shark monitoring network has been bolstered with the installation and activation of two new satellite-linked receivers in Esperance now complete.

20 June 2017

Locations confirmed for Esperance shark detectors

Media Release
  • WA's shark monitoring network extended to Esperance
  • Satellite-linked shark detectors to be installed at Kelp Beds and West beaches
  • Weather permitting, the receivers will be installed this month

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly today announced Kelp Bed and West beaches in Esperance have been selected as the locations for two new satellite-linked tagged shark detectors.

11 June 2017

Shark WARNING for Point Casuarina near Bunbury

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update 12 June:
The City of Bunbury removed closure signs and re-opened Point Casuarina beach from 9am today.

Update 11 June at 4.50pm:
The City of Bunbury has a closure in place for the beach where the incident occurred. It will remain closed until the City of Bunbury re-assesses the situation tomorrow morning.

Fisheries officers from Bunbury will have a vessel on the water, from approximately 7am tomorrow, to conduct sea patrols and monitor the area.

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for Point Casuarina in Bunbury after an interaction with a shark was reported at 8.49am.

03 June 2017

Esperance community to have their say on shark detection receivers

Media Release
  • Community asked to provide feedback for deployment of satellite-linked receivers
  • Seven locations have been identified as possible areas for deployment
  • Online consultation period open until June 14, 2017

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly is inviting the Esperance community to go online and have their say about where two satellite-linked shark detection receivers should be deployed in the area.

26 May 2017

World-first shark deterrent subsidy kicks-off

Media Release
  • Election commitment delivered
  • Subsidy of $200 for 1,000 devices starts today

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly is urging Western Australians to benefit from a world-first rebate scheme for personal shark deterrents which begins today.

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.
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.
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.