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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. 

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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. 

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.