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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.

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. 

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24 February 2017

Shark WARNING for Falcon Bay near Mandurah

Current Alerts and Warnings

A shark WARNING has been issued for Falcon Bay Mandurah after a possible interaction with a shark was reported this morning.

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10 February 2017

Shark ADVICE for partial Clever Buoy outage at City Beach

Current Alerts and Warnings

A shark ADVICE has been issued for Western Australian water users due to a partial outage in the Clever Buoy near-shore shark detection system which is currently being trialled at City Beach.

Updated 22/02: The partial outage has been resolved and the system is now fully operational.

Updated 21/02:
• The south side of the Clever Buoy installation at City Beach remains offline and sonar detections from that part of the system are not currently operational.
• The north side of the Clever Buoy installation is now fully operational.
• System operators, continue working to restore the Clever Buoy trial to full operational status.

 

05 February 2017

Shark ADVICE for partial Clever Buoy outage at City Beach

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update: 11.35am, 5 February 2017
The sytem operators have advised that the Clever Buoy shark detection trial at City Beach is now fully operational again after this morning's partial outage.

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

Situation:

  • There is a partial outage in Clever Buoy near-shore shark detection system which is currently being trialled at City Beach.
  • The south side of the Clever Buoy installation at City Beach is offline, and sonar detections from that part of the system are not currently operational.  The north side is currently online and remains fully operational. 
  • Operators are working to restore services to the system, and will advise when they are restored.
  • There is no current estimation on when services will be restored.
  • The remainder of Western Australia’s shark notification system, including the reporting of sightings and tagged shark detections remains fully operational.

What to do:

  • Adhere to any beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • 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.

 

02 February 2017

Shark ADVICE for Clever Buoy City Beach detection trial

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update: 1pm, 3 February 2017
The sytem operators have advised that the Clever Buoy shark detection trial at City Beach is now fully operational again.

Situation:

  • Detections from the Clever Buoy near-shore shark detection trial at City Beach will be offline for scheduled maintenance on the morning of 3 February 2017.
  • It is expected that the duration of the outage will be from 6am to Midday.
  • During the outage notifications will be paused.
  • The remainder of the shark notification system, including the reporting of sightings and tagged shark detections remains fully operational.

What to do:

  • Adhere to any beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Liffe Saving WA.
  • 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.
01 February 2017

Shark WARNING for Warnbro Beach near Rockingham

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for Port Kennedy to Waikiki Beach, Warnbro in the City of Rockingham after an increased number of reported shark detections.

Situation:

  • A tiger shark has been detected 18 times over the last nine days.
  • The shark’s pattern of behaviour and the increased frequency of these detections may increase the likelihood of encountering a shark in this area.

What to do:

  • Obey beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Take extra caution in the Port Kennedy to Waikiki Beach area.
  • 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 sightings 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.
31 January 2017

New beach enclosure opens at Quinns Beach

Media Release
  • Liberal National Government has invested more than $33 million on shark hazard mitigation

Quinns Beach is the latest coastal area to have a beach enclosure after it was officially opened today by Premier Colin Barnett.

"This is the fifth Government-funded beach enclosure now available to beach-goers along the Western Australian coastline," Mr Barnett said. 

"The Quinns Beach enclosure is 300 metres in length along the beach and about 85 metres out from the shore.  It will be in place all-year-round for a minimum of five years.

"Beach enclosures are an important component of the Liberal National Government's shark hazard mitigation strategy and are incredibly popular with swimmers and families.

06 January 2017

Detection notifications restored in Shark Notification System

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
This morning’s partial outage in the shark notification system, affecting the automatic notification of tagged shark detections, has now been rectified and the network is fully restored.

Situation:

  • Today’s temporary outage of automatic notifications of tagged shark detections from the Shark Monitoring Network was caused by a technical issue that has been resolved.
  • The outage did not affect the sightings element of the notification system, which remained fully operational, so water users were still able to call any sightings into Water Police for posting as usual.
  • Any tagged shark detections that may have occurred on the Shark Monitoring Network during the outage were being manually monitored, ready to be posted to Twitter and SharkSmart. However, no detections occurred during the outage period. 

What to do:

  • Always adhere to any beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Keep informed of the latest 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.
06 January 2017

Shark ADVICE – detections outage in Shark Notification System

Current Alerts and Warnings

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

Situation:

  • Due to a system outage, tagged shark detections from the Shark Monitoring Network are currently offline, and expected to remain offline for approximately five hours.
  • The outage is a total outage, and affects shark monitoring receivers in Perth metro, the South West, and Albany.
  • During the outage any tagged shark detections will be manually monitored and posted to twitter and SharkSmart, however, there will be some delays in notifications due to the manual handling of the data.
  • The sightings element of the notification system remains fully operational, so water users can still call any sightings into Water Police and they will be posted as usual

What to do:

  • Adhere to any beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Keep informed of the latest 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.

 

03 January 2017

Clever Buoy trial - City Beach

Current Alerts and Warnings

The Clever Buoy system is currently in the process of being installed at City Beach.  Inclement weather and operational challenges has constrained the installation program and final calibrations.