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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.

02 April 2015

Keep alert in the marine environment over Easter

Current Alerts and Warnings

With an Easter long weekend and school holidays commencing, people out on the water are reminded to stay alert and safe in the marine environment and to keep a check on the shark sighting and detection reports; available through the SharkSmart website and the Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) Twitter service.

23 March 2015

Additional caution urged for water users in the Bunbury area

Current Alerts and Warnings

Department of Fisheries is advising water users in the Bunbury area to exercise additional caution after the stranding of a number of long-finned pilot whales in the Bunbury Harbour vicinity today.

23 February 2015

Shark Monitoring Network Services Fully Restored

Current Alerts and Warnings

Fisheries advise Shark Monitoring Network Services have resumed as normal following a reported outage earlier today.  

No shark detections were missed during the outage.

 

 

 

 

31 December 2014

Shark capture order rescinded for Cheynes Beach

Current Alerts and Warnings

The Department of Fisheries Acting Director General, Dr Rick Fletcher, has rescinded the catch order for a white shark suspected to be responsible for a fatal attack off Cheynes Beach, near Bald Island, close to Albany.

30 December 2014

Department of Fisheries surveillance for white shark to continue at Cheynes Beach

Current Alerts and Warnings

The Department of Fisheries will continue to undertake surveillance in an effort to catch a shark at Cheynes Beach, near Bald Island off the coast of Albany, following a fatal incident which claimed the life of a young man on Monday.

29 December 2014

Beaches remain closed at Cheynes Beach today

Current Alerts and Warnings

Beaches will remain closed at Cheynes Beach, about 60 kilometres east of Albany, today after a fatal shark incident yesterday which claimed the life of a young man.

29 December 2014

Fisheries officers deploy capture gear after fatal shark incident at Cheynes Beach

Current Alerts and Warnings

Beaches have been closed at Cheynes Beach near Bald Island, 60km east of Albany after a fatal shark incident late this morning.

 

22 December 2014

Shark capture order rescinded

Media Release

Following a significant reduction in the rate of detections of the high hazard shark within Warnbro Sound, Department of Fisheries Acting Director General, Dr Rick Fletcher has rescinded the catch order.

20 December 2014

Fisheries officers seek to capture shark at Warnbro

Current Alerts and Warnings

The Department of Fisheries has again deployed capture gear to take a white shark that has been assessed as posing a serious threat to public safety after an increase in the number of day-time detections on consecutive days during the lead up to Christmas.

20 December 2014

Beaches at Warnbro Sound remain closed

Current Alerts and Warnings

Beaches remain closed at Warnbro Sound due to a white shark detected in the area which has been assessed as posing a serious threat to public safety.