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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. 

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09 September 2015

ADVICE for the WA Shark Notification System - Floreat

Current Alerts and Warnings

UPDATE on 15 September, 2015:
Services have been restored to the Floreat Shark Monitoring Network receiver. The network is now fully operational. 

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued for Western Australian water users due to a partial outage in the shark notification system.

Situation:

  • The Shark Monitoring Network receiver located of Floreat beach is currently offline.
  • Extra caution is advised for water uses in this location.
  • All other satellite-linked receivers in the network remain operational, including a receiver at nearby City Beach.
  • A shark warning for Perth metropolitan waters issued on 28 August is still current due to an unusually high white shark activity off the coast.
04 September 2015

Tagging activities reveal unusual white shark activity level

Current Alerts and Warnings

The tagging of six white sharks off the Perth coast, in the past two weeks, is a strong indicator of an unusually high level of this species’ activity in metropolitan waters at present.

Department of Fisheries Supervising finfish scientist Dr Brett Molony said seasonally-unusual schools of salmon in metropolitan waters may be contributing to an unusually high abundance of these sharks.

28 August 2015

Shark WARNING for Perth coastal waters

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for Perth coastal waters and the offshore locations known as Mewstone and Straggler Reefs after confirmation of a number of white sharks in the Mewstone / Straggler Reefs area in the last few days.

Situation:

  • An unusual number of white sharks have been in the Mewstone and Straggler Reefs area in the past few days.
  • It is possible that the frequency or duration of the recent reported sightings and detections may increase the likelihood of encountering a shark in this area. The change in activity may be due to a change in environmental conditions – with an unusual abundance of Australian salmon also being noted off the Perth coast.
  • Department of Fisheries researchers have been undertaking tagging in the area. Five white sharks have been caught, tagged and released. 
26 August 2015

Update on WA Shark Notification System outages

Current Alerts and Warnings

FURTHER UPDATE on 3 September, 2015:
Services have been restored to the Ellen Cove (Albany) Shark Monitoring Network receiver. The network is now fully operational. 

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued for Western Australian water users due to a partial outage in the shark notification system.

Situation:

  • The Shark Monitoring Network receiver, located 2kms off Scarborough, is now offline and will require a maintenance crew to assess the full extent of the repair required.
  • All other receivers along the Perth metropolitan coast are fully operational, including a receiver closer to Scarborough Beach.
  • Maintenance was completed today to restore Mullaloo South to full operation and the Garden Island receiver that was also temporarily offline was restored yesterday.
  • Repairs are likely to be carried out next week on the Ellen Cove receiver at Albany, which has been offline since Friday.
21 August 2015

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Notification System on 21 August

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued for Western Australian water users due to a partial outage in the shark notification system.

Situation:

  • Two Shark Monitoring Network receivers are currently offline and a third has limited functionality.
  • The offline receivers are at Garden Island and Ellen Cove (Albany).
  • The receiver with limited functionality is at Mullaloo South
  • Extra caution is advised for water uses in the affected locations.
  • All other receivers in the network remain operational.
     
20 August 2015

Shark ADVICE for Spoilbank at Port Hedland

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a large whale carcass that has washed on to the Spoilbank at Port Hedland.

Situation:

  • The whale carcass was reported by the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
  • It is possible the decomposing carcass will continue to act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.
  • While it is not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution while the carcass remains in the vicinity.
03 August 2015

Shark ADVICE for beaches near Myalup, north of Bunbury

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a rotting whale that has washed up on a beach about three kilometres north of Myalup townsite in the Shire of Harvey.

Situation:

  • It is possible the badly decomposing carcass will continue to act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.
  • While it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution while the carcass remains on the beach.
01 August 2015

Shark WARNING between Port Kennedy and Hillarys

Current Alerts and Warnings

A shark WARNING has been issued for the area between Port Kennedy and Hillarys on the Perth Metropolitan Coast after an increased number of reported shark detections.

20 July 2015

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Notification System

Current Alerts and Warnings

UPDATE AT 17:41 hours 27/07/2015: Fisheries advise services to Shark Monitoring Network receivers located at Scarborough and 2.5km off Mullaloo have resumed as normal..

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued for Western Australian water users due to a partial outage in the shark notification system.

Situation:
• Two Shark Monitoring Network receivers – one located at Scarborough and the second located 2.5kms off Mullalloo – are currently offline.
• All other receivers in the network remain fully operational.

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