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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.

05 February 2017

Shark ADVICE for partial Clever Buoy outage at City Beach

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update: 11.35am, 5 February 2017
The sytem operators have advised that the Clever Buoy shark detection trial at City Beach is now fully operational again after this morning's partial outage.

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

02 February 2017

Shark ADVICE for Clever Buoy City Beach detection trial

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update: 1pm, 3 February 2017
The sytem operators have advised that the Clever Buoy shark detection trial at City Beach is now fully operational again.

01 February 2017

Shark WARNING for Warnbro Beach near Rockingham

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for Port Kennedy to Waikiki Beach, Warnbro in the City of Rockingham after an increased number of reported shark detections.

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.

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.

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.

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.