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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.

10 December 2014

Additional cautions urged for water users Perth Metro – Port Kennedy – Ocean Reef

Current Alerts and Warnings

The Department of Fisheries is advising water users between Port Kennedy and Ocean Reef to exercise additional caution, following a series of tagged shark detections at several Shark Monitoring Network receivers overnight.

05 December 2014

Additional cautions urged for water users in Warnbro Sound

Current Alerts and Warnings

Department of Fisheries is advising water users in Warnbro Sound to exercise additional caution, following a series of tagged white shark detections at the Warnbro Sound Shark Monitoring Network receiver and a reported sighting at Safety Bay Beach of a white shark 100m offshore in the last week and a half. 

29 November 2014

Beaches closed after shark bite reported at Mandurah

Current Alerts and Warnings

The Department of Fisheries is advising water users that beaches either side of the groyne at Pyramids Beach, Mandurah has been closed by the City of Mandurah following a shark bite reported to have occurred this morning.

24 November 2014

Caution required over whale carcass at an Esperance beach

Current Alerts and Warnings

The Department of Fisheries is advising water users at Esperance to continue to exercise extra caution, following the sighting of sharks in the location of a whale carcass that washed ashore at Castletown Quays.

21 November 2014

A timely reminder to report shark sightings to Water Police

Media Release

This week’s footage of a white shark bumping a recreational fishing vessel off the Perth Metropolitan coast, which was widely covered by the media, was not reported to authorities and the Department of Fisheries is reminding people to report shark sightings to Water Police.

10 November 2014

Authorities attempting to tow whale carcass off Perth

Current Alerts and Warnings

The Department of Fisheries has confirmed that a dead whale is floating off the Perth metropolitan coast today and authorities have attached a line to tow the carcass out to sea. 

10 November 2014

Caution reminder over rotting whale carcass at Peaceful Bay

Current Alerts and Warnings

​The Department of Fisheries is advising water users in the Peaceful Bay area to continue to exercise extra caution, following the recent discovery of a whale carcass within the bay, which is approximately half way between Denmark and Walpole. 

06 November 2014

Additional caution urged over whale carcass near Bunbury

Current Alerts and Warnings

The Department of Fisheries is advising water users between Leschenault Inlet cut and Buffalo Beach to exercise additional caution after a report of a shark sighting in the vicinity of a whale carcass, which washed ashore near Bunbury’s Belvidere Beach earlier in the week. 

11 October 2014

Dunsborough – additional caution

Current Alerts and Warnings

Department of Fisheries officers are urging water users to exercise additional caution in the area between Bunker Bay and Quindalup after an interaction with a shark was reported late this afternoon at Castle Rock near Dunsborough.

03 October 2014

Beaches remain closed after shark incident near Esperance

Current Alerts and Warnings

Beaches will remain closed in the area near Wylie Bay, east of Esperance, after a shark incident yesterday in which a man was seriously injured.