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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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.