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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.

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.

31 December 2013

967,000 awarded to shark mitigation research

Media Release

A Western Australian company and two WA universities have been awarded $967,161 in the second round of applied research funding as part of the State Government’s Shark Hazard Mitigation Strategy.

27 December 2013

Improving shark safety at popular WA beaches

Media Release

The State Government will begin deploying baited drum lines at eight popular Western Australian beach locations in the new year to protect beachgoers from dangerous sharks deemed to be a threat to humans.

14 December 2013

Roll out of tagged shark monitors continues

Media Release

Two more satellite-linked tagged shark monitors for the WA Government’s Shark Monitoring Network have now been installed in Albany’s King George Sound and are online ready to make detections.

27 November 2013

Extra precautionary measures in place in the South West

Media Release

Police will be supported by the Department of Fisheries and other local agencies today and for the rest of the week, to provide increased precautionary safety measures around South West beaches.