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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.

02 October 2014

White shark caught after Esperance incident today

Current Alerts and Warnings

A white shark has been caught in the vicinity of Wylie Bay, at Kelpids Beach, about six kilometres from Esperance, following a serious shark incident in the area this morning.

02 October 2014

Shark incident near Esperance

Current Alerts and Warnings

The Department of Fisheries is currently investigating a shark incident at Wylie Bay, near Esperance this morning.

26 September 2014

More patrols, second shark barrier for South-West

Media Release

Aerial patrols of South-West beaches by Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) will start eight weeks earlier than planned, Premier Colin Barnett announced today.

26 September 2014

Keep alert in the marine environment over school holidays

Current Alerts and Warnings

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

27 August 2014

Check Twitter reminder - shark sightings off Perth beaches

Current Alerts and Warnings

After a white shark sighting off Perth beaches today, the Department of Fisheries is reminding water users to check for the latest shark sighting information before using the water. 

08 August 2014

Extra caution urged - whale carcass found near Bremer Bay

Current Alerts and Warnings

The Department of Fisheries is advising water users between Cape Knob and Point Henry including Dillon Bay and Dillon Beach, near the South Coast town of Bremer Bay, to exercise additional caution after the discovery of a whale carcass on Dillon beach. 

05 August 2014

Additional caution urged over whale carcass near Albany

Current Alerts and Warnings

The Department of Fisheries is advising water users in the vicinity of  Limestone Head, in Albany’s King George Sound,  to exercise additional caution, following the discovery of a small (three metre) juvenile whale carcass.

29 July 2014

Additional caution urged over whale carcass at Port Kennedy

Current Alerts and Warnings

The Department of Fisheries is advising water users between Point Peron and Golden Bay to exercise additional caution, following the discovery of a whale carcass at Port Kennedy this morning.

17 June 2014

Review recommends drum lines stay for 3 years

Media Release

A comprehensive review of the Western Australian Government’s drum line program has found it had significantly less environmental impact than other shark control programs around the world.

26 May 2014

Additional caution urged Scarborough to Ocean Reef

Current Alerts and Warnings

Department of Fisheries is advising water users, between Ocean Reef and Scarborough, to exercise additional caution after part of a whale carcass washed ashore near Sorrento today.