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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.

13 September 2018

Community to have their say on SMART drumline trial

Media Release
  • Community feedback welcomed on non-lethal SMART drumline trial and extension of Shark Monitoring Network in Gracetown area
  • Community to decide locations of SMART drumlines and satellite-receivers 
  • Online consultation opens today until October 10, 2018

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly is inviting the community to go online and have their say about the non-lethal SMART drumline trial in Gracetown and extension of the Shark Monitoring Network in the Capes region. 

31 August 2018

State-funded lifesaving helicopter lifts off to enhance ocean safety

Media Release
  • McGowan Government funds $3.4m for beach patrols this season
  • Aerial patrols form part of WA’s comprehensive shark mitigation strategy
  • Formal community consultation on SMART drumline trial set to start 
  • McGowan Government to extend shark monitoring network in the South-West 
17 August 2018

First of more than 1,000 lifesaving signs installed at WA beaches

Media Release
  • Beach Emergency Numbers will help save vital time in critical incidents
  • More than 1,000 BEN signs are planned for WA's coast from Geraldton to Esperance
  • McGowan Government delivers on election promise to support local governments to improve beach safety 
14 August 2018

WA to conduct scientific trial of SMART drumlines

Media Release
  • McGowan Government will conduct a non-lethal SMART drumline trial in WA's south-west
  • The trial will be subject to independent scientific assessment to determine its effectiveness 
  • An independent review to be conducted by Chief Scientist Peter Klinken 
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
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 
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 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.