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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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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. 

09 May 2014

Additional caution urged between Alkimos and Ocean Reef

Current Alerts and Warnings

Department of Fisheries is advising water users, between Alkimos and Ocean Reef, to exercise additional caution following the report of a whale carcass in the surf zone at Alkimos. 

07 May 2014

Figures support shark mitigation strategy

Media Release

The State Government’s shark mitigation policy is successfully restoring confidence among Western Australian beachgoers and greatly contributing to the scientific knowledge about shark behaviour, Fisheries Minister Ken Baston said today.

05 May 2014

Fisheries advise caution along Perth's northern coastline

Current Alerts and Warnings

After a series of shark sightings along the Perth coast today, the Department of Fisheries is advising water users between Ocean Reef and Port Beach to exercise additional caution. 

12 April 2014

Fisheries advise caution for water users around Ellen Cove Albany

Current Alerts and Warnings

After nine detections of a tagged white shark early today, the Department of Fisheries is advising water users at Middleton beach to exercise additional caution. Middleton beach has been closed by the City of Albany.

18 February 2014

Government releases shark catch data

Media Release

The State Government has released details of the first three weeks of its new drum line initiative, part of a $23million shark hazard mitigation program.

10 February 2014

South-West Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter daily patrols end

Media Release

Beachgoers are advised that after a busy summer season patrolling WA’s south west coastline Surf Life Saving WA’s South-West Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter has ceased daily patrols.

24 January 2014

Shark barrier trial under way at Old Dunsborough

Media Release

Beachgoers in the South-West will be able to take advantage of a new shark enclosure this Australia Day weekend with the completion of an underwater barrier in Dunsborough.

16 January 2014

Tagged shark monitor now installed near Busselton Jetty

Current Alerts and Warnings

A satellite-linked shark monitor has been installed near the Busselton Jetty today and activated ready to detect any tagged sharks that may pass by the area.