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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.

28 March 2018

This Easter have fun fishing from some of the world’s best beaches

Media Release
  • Keep the sand between your toes this Easter and fish from the beach
  • Safety should be foremost in mind at all times, no matter where you fish
  • Do not take risks rock fishing, especially if you are inexperienced or cannot swim 
15 March 2018

When the salmon show up this year – think safety first

Media Release

Western Australia’s autumn salmon run is almost here and water users are urged to take care.

Schools of salmon are commonly spotted, between early-mid March and late April, along the sheltered bays and rocky headlands of the South and West coasts. While the annual event is keenly anticipated by recreational fishers who love the thrill of capturing the aerobatic, fast swimming, WA salmon, the schools of fish can also attract larger predators.

16 February 2018

More white sharks tagged in Esperance operation

Media Release
  • Long-lasting internal tags have been inserted into 16 white sharks off Esperance
  • The tags can be detected on WA's 27 satellite-linked shark monitoring receivers 
  • More than 860 sharks including 258 white sharks have now been tagged 
20 December 2017

McGowan Government helps regional councils improve beach safety

Media Release
  • McGowan Government delivers on election promise to support local governments to improve beach safety
  • Beach Emergency Numbers will help save vital time in critical incidents
  • Regional councils from Geraldton to the South Australian border are urged to apply for funding
16 December 2017

Beach Emergency Numbers grant applications open

Media Release
  • McGowan Government delivers on election promise to support local governments to improve beach safety
  • Beach Emergency Numbers will help save vital time in critical incidents
  • Councils along the Perth metropolitan coast are urged to apply for funding 
26 November 2017

1,000 shark deterrent subsidies claimed within six months

Media Release
  • ​Subsidy funding doubled with an additional $200,000 allocated for a further 1,000 devices
  • UWA research found that the approved device deterred white sharks in nine out of 10 occasions
  • All shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600 
21 September 2017

Shark deterrents prove popular with community

Media Release
  • More than 630 Western Australians have taken part in the world-first trial subsidy
  • UWA research found that approved devices deterred great white sharks in nine out of 10 occasions
  • All shark sightings should be reported to the Water Police on 9442 8600 
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.

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.