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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. 

Visit this page regularly to stay updated with the latest shark information.

31 January 2017

New beach enclosure opens at Quinns Beach

Media Release
  • Liberal National Government has invested more than $33 million on shark hazard mitigation

Quinns Beach is the latest coastal area to have a beach enclosure after it was officially opened today by Premier Colin Barnett.

"This is the fifth Government-funded beach enclosure now available to beach-goers along the Western Australian coastline," Mr Barnett said. 

"The Quinns Beach enclosure is 300 metres in length along the beach and about 85 metres out from the shore.  It will be in place all-year-round for a minimum of five years.

"Beach enclosures are an important component of the Liberal National Government's shark hazard mitigation strategy and are incredibly popular with swimmers and families.

06 January 2017

Detection notifications restored in Shark Notification System

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
This morning’s partial outage in the shark notification system, affecting the automatic notification of tagged shark detections, has now been rectified and the network is fully restored.

Situation:

  • Today’s temporary outage of automatic notifications of tagged shark detections from the Shark Monitoring Network was caused by a technical issue that has been resolved.
  • The outage did not affect the sightings element of the notification system, which remained fully operational, so water users were still able to call any sightings into Water Police for posting as usual.
  • Any tagged shark detections that may have occurred on the Shark Monitoring Network during the outage were being manually monitored, ready to be posted to Twitter and SharkSmart. However, no detections occurred during the outage period. 

What to do:

  • Always adhere to any beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Keep informed of the latest sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
06 January 2017

Shark ADVICE – detections outage in Shark Notification System

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued for Western Australian water users due to a partial outage in the shark notification system, affecting the notification of tagged shark detections.

Situation:

  • Due to a system outage, tagged shark detections from the Shark Monitoring Network are currently offline, and expected to remain offline for approximately five hours.
  • The outage is a total outage, and affects shark monitoring receivers in Perth metro, the South West, and Albany.
  • During the outage any tagged shark detections will be manually monitored and posted to twitter and SharkSmart, however, there will be some delays in notifications due to the manual handling of the data.
  • The sightings element of the notification system remains fully operational, so water users can still call any sightings into Water Police and they will be posted as usual

What to do:

  • Adhere to any beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Keep informed of the latest sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.

 

03 January 2017

Clever Buoy trial - City Beach

Current Alerts and Warnings

The Clever Buoy system is currently in the process of being installed at City Beach.  Inclement weather and operational challenges has constrained the installation program and final calibrations. 

 

20 December 2016

Shark ADVICE for SMN receiver 2.5kms off Mullaloo

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update: 3.15pm, 21 December 2016
Fisheries advise that the 2.km off Mullaloo Shark Monitoring Network satellite-linked receiver is back online. The network is now fully operational.

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

Situation:

• The Shark Monitoring Network Receiver located 2.5km off Mullaloo is currently out of service.
• The rest of the network is fully operational.

What to do:

• Adhere to any beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
• Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
 If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.

18 December 2016

Beach enclosure to protect Sorrento swimmers

Media Release
  • Liberal National Government has invested more than $33 million on shark hazard mitigation

Beachgoers in Perth's northern suburbs now have access to a protected swimming area after Premier Colin Barnett today officially opened the new Sorrento Beach enclosure.

"Beach enclosures are an important component of the Liberal National Government's shark hazard mitigation strategy and are proving to be incredibly popular with swimmers and families," Mr Barnett said.

"The Government has invested more than $33 million on shark hazard mitigation measures including research, public education, shark tagging, aerial patrols and a trial of drones.

"No single measure alone will protect water users from shark interactions, but a complementary suite of measures will reduce the risk."

16 December 2016

Shark detection trial to start soon at City Beach

Media Release
  • $33 million invested in shark hazard mitigation strategy since 2008

The latest addition to the Liberal National Government’s $33 million shark hazard mitigation strategy is expected to be operational at City Beach from next week.

Fisheries Minister Joe Francis said it was hoped the three-month, $500,000 trial of the Clever Buoy shark detection and notification system would be up and running within days provided weather and water conditions were suitable.

15 December 2016

Shark INCIDENT at Trigg Beach

Current Alerts and Warnings

The Department of Fisheries has been advised of a shark incident at an area near the Blue Holes, Trigg Beach.

Situation:

  • On 14 December 2016, between 9 - 9.30am a man who was free diving at the time received minor injuries to his left ankle after being bitten by what he believes was a small shark. He was not able to identify size or species. This incident was reported to Water Police at 11.30 on 15 December.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Blue Holes area at Trigg Beach.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
26 November 2016

Trial of new shark detection technology

Media Release
  • ​Liberal National Government approves funding for trial of Clever Buoy technology
  • Trial is part of Government's $33 million WA Shark Hazard Mitigation Strategy
09 October 2016

Lift-off for shark surveillance drone trial

Media Release
  • $88,000 Liberal National Government investment in SLSWA trial of drone surveillance technology
  • Trial to be conducted at metropolitan and regional locations this summer