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Find the latest advice, warnings, information and news here, to help you stay informed and be SharkSmart.

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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.

18 December 2016

Beach enclosure to protect Sorrento swimmers

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

Beachgoers in Perth's northern suburbs now have access to a protected swimming area after Premier Colin Barnett today officially opened the new Sorrento Beach enclosure.

"Beach enclosures are an important component of the Liberal National Government's shark hazard mitigation strategy and are proving to be incredibly popular with swimmers and families," Mr Barnett said.

"The Government has invested more than $33 million on shark hazard mitigation measures including research, public education, shark tagging, aerial patrols and a trial of drones.

"No single measure alone will protect water users from shark interactions, but a complementary suite of measures will reduce the risk."

16 December 2016

Shark detection trial to start soon at City Beach

Media Release
  • $33 million invested in shark hazard mitigation strategy since 2008

The latest addition to the Liberal National Government’s $33 million shark hazard mitigation strategy is expected to be operational at City Beach from next week.

Fisheries Minister Joe Francis said it was hoped the three-month, $500,000 trial of the Clever Buoy shark detection and notification system would be up and running within days provided weather and water conditions were suitable.

26 November 2016

Trial of new shark detection technology

Media Release
  • ​Liberal National Government approves funding for trial of Clever Buoy technology
  • Trial is part of Government's $33 million WA Shark Hazard Mitigation Strategy
09 October 2016

Lift-off for shark surveillance drone trial

Media Release
  • $88,000 Liberal National Government investment in SLSWA trial of drone surveillance technology
  • Trial to be conducted at metropolitan and regional locations this summer
30 September 2016

Check SharkSmart before entering water

Media Release
  • New campaign launched encouraging visits to SharkSmart before entering ocean
  • All shark sightings should be reported to Water Police
09 May 2016

Our State Budget 2016-17: Funding commitment to address shark hazard

Media Release
  • $1.54 million to continue world-class shark hazard mitigation program
  • $400,000 for more beach enclosures
07 April 2016

New insight into white shark behaviour

Media Release
  • ​Research data released from nearly 180,000 detections of tagged sharks
  • Tagged sharks monitored by satellite-linked and data-recording receivers
  • Information helps to build picture of shark movements in WA 
20 July 2015

Locations for next beach enclosures announced

Media Release

• Sorrento Beach in the north and Middleton Beach in Albany to get funding for new swimming enclosures
• In addition to enclosures already funded for Dunsborough and Busselton
• Brings the total number of State Government-funded enclosures in WA to four

17 June 2015

Shark research yields promising results

Media Release
  • ​Three State Government-funded research projects on shark detection and deterrents recently completed
  • Existing and novel shark deterrents tested on a range of species in the wild
  • Development of advanced visual shark detection system