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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.

08 July 2017

Shark ADVICE for Staggies Reef, off Mindarie

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update 12:30pm on 9 July:

The updated location of the whale carcass today is that it remains offshore and is currently 5.4km north-west of Mindarie. A school of sharks has been reported feeding on the carcass.

The warning area of Ocean Reef to Alkimos is still in place.

Alert issued 8 July:

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Staggies Reef, 1km offshore from Mindarie.

07 July 2017

Shark ADVICE – overnight partial outage for notification system

Current Alerts and Warnings

** Update 8 July at 07:30am 

Outage resolved, and all systems now fully operational. 

Alert issued 7 July:

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued for Western Australian water users due to a partial outage in the shark notification system tonight. Minor delays in messaging may occur.

22 June 2017

Esperance receivers online and ready to detect tagged sharks

Media Release
  • WA’s shark monitoring network has expanded to 27 satellite-linked receivers
  • The receivers have now been installed at Kelp Beds and West beaches
  • Detections and sightings are posted to SharkSmart and SLSWA’s Twitter feed

Western Australia’s shark monitoring network has been bolstered with the installation and activation of two new satellite-linked receivers in Esperance now complete.

20 June 2017

Locations confirmed for Esperance shark detectors

Media Release
  • WA's shark monitoring network extended to Esperance
  • Satellite-linked shark detectors to be installed at Kelp Beds and West beaches
  • Weather permitting, the receivers will be installed this month

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly today announced Kelp Bed and West beaches in Esperance have been selected as the locations for two new satellite-linked tagged shark detectors.

11 June 2017

Shark WARNING for Point Casuarina near Bunbury

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update 12 June:
The City of Bunbury removed closure signs and re-opened Point Casuarina beach from 9am today.

Update 11 June at 4.50pm:
The City of Bunbury has a closure in place for the beach where the incident occurred. It will remain closed until the City of Bunbury re-assesses the situation tomorrow morning.

Fisheries officers from Bunbury will have a vessel on the water, from approximately 7am tomorrow, to conduct sea patrols and monitor the area.

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for Point Casuarina in Bunbury after an interaction with a shark was reported at 8.49am.

03 June 2017

Esperance community to have their say on shark detection receivers

Media Release
  • Community asked to provide feedback for deployment of satellite-linked receivers
  • Seven locations have been identified as possible areas for deployment
  • Online consultation period open until June 14, 2017

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly is inviting the Esperance community to go online and have their say about where two satellite-linked shark detection receivers should be deployed in the area.

26 May 2017

World-first shark deterrent subsidy kicks-off

Media Release
  • Election commitment delivered
  • Subsidy of $200 for 1,000 devices starts today

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly is urging Western Australians to benefit from a world-first rebate scheme for personal shark deterrents which begins today.

17 May 2017

Shark ADVICE for Nanga Peninsula in Shark Bay

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported on the Nanga Peninsula, inside of the Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve in Shark Bay.

13 May 2017

A smarter approach to shark mitigation in WA waters

Media Release
  • Election commitment for a shark deterrent subsidy delivered
  • Shark monitoring network extended to Esperance 
  • Election commitment for Beach Emergency Numbering grants delivered
  • Funding provided to the City of Mandurah for beach enclosure at Falcon Beach
  • Aerial and beach patrols funded after former government left budget black hole 
12 May 2017

Shark ADVICE for the Canal Rocks area, south of Yallingup

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update 17 May:

Department of Parks and Wildlife has advised the carcass has now been removed, and signs will be removed at 2pm today.

Even though the carcass has been removed, as it could have been attracting sharks close to shore in the area since Friday, Department of Fisheries advise continued caution for water users in the area over the next few days.   

Alert level (issued 12 May):
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported washed onto rocks, north of the Canal Rocks Boat Ramp, south of Yallingup.