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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. 

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06 June 2016

Fisheries to reset capture gear off Mindarie, beaches remain closed

Current Alerts and Warnings

Department of Fisheries officers will this morning reset shark capture gear, near the site of a fatal shark incident that occurred one kilometre offshore from Mindarie marina yesterday.

The department will set capture gear at sunrise, given there has been a determination that a serious threat to public safety exists.

Situation:

  • A person has died, with significant injuries that are consistent with a shark attack, however the cause of the injuries are yet to be confirmed. The Department of Fisheries is treating the incident as a fatal shark incident.
  • An order has been issued by the Director General of the Department of Fisheries to deploy capture gear in the vicinity of the incident, to fish for the shark from early this morning.
  • Given the nature of the injuries and the location of the incident, it is likely that a large white shark, greater than 3m in size is responsible.
  • The City of Wanneroo has closed the beach and it is to remain closed today.

What to do:

  • The City of Wanneroo has closed beaches either side of Mindarie Boat ramp, south from Claytons Beach and Surf Spot and north to Quinns Beach. Beaches will remain closed for the remainder of today.
  • Stay out of the water in the Mindarie area until further advice is issued.
  • 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.
05 June 2016

Fisheries to set capture gear again tomorrow off Mindarie

Current Alerts and Warnings

Department of Fisheries officers will tomorrow reset shark capture gear near the site of a fatal shark incident that occurred one kilometre offshore from Mindarie marina today.

The department will re-set capture gear at sunrise tomorrow, given there has been a determination that a serious threat to public safety exists.

Situation:

  • A person has died, with significant injuries that are consistent with a shark attack, however the cause of the injuries are yet to be confirmed. The Department of Fisheries is treating the incident as a fatal shark incident.
  • An order was  been issued by the Director General of the Department of Fisheries to deploy capture gear in the vicinity of the incident, to fish for the shark from late this afternoon. Nothing was caught.
  • Given the nature of the injuries and the location of the incident, it is likely that a large white shark, greater than 3m in size is responsible.
  • The City of Wanneroo has closed the beach and it is to remain closed tomorrow.

What to do:

  • The City of Wanneroo has closed beaches either side of Mindarie Boat ramp, south from Claytons Beach and Surf Spot and north to Quinns Beach. Beaches will remain closed for the remainder of today and tomorrow.
  • Stay out of the water in the Mindarie area until further advice is issued.
  • 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.
05 June 2016

Department of Fisheries to set capture gear at Mindarie

Current Alerts and Warnings

Department of Fisheries officers will set shark capture gear near the site of a reported shark incident today, that occurred approximately one kilometre offshore from Mindarie marina, after a determination that a serious threat to public safety exists.

Situation:

  • Initial information is that a person has died, with significant injuries that are consistent with a shark attack, however the cause of the injuries are yet to be confirmed. The Department of Fisheries is treating the incident as a fatal shark incident.
  • An order has been issued by the Director General of the Department of Fisheries to deploy capture gear in the vicinity of the incident, to fish for the shark from late this afternoon.
  • Given the nature of the injuries and the location of the incident, it is likely that a large white shark, greater than 3mtrs in size is responsible.
  • The City of Wanneroo has closed the beach.

What to do:

  • The City of Wanneroo has closed beaches either side of Mindarie Boat ramp, south from Claytons Beach and Surf Spot and north to Quinns Beach. Beaches will remain closed for the remainder of today and tomorrow. 
  • Stay out of the water in the Mindarie area until further advice is issued.
  • 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.
05 June 2016

Possible Shark INCIDENT 1km offshore from Mindarie

Current Alerts and Warnings

The Department of Fisheries is currently involved in assisting WA Police with a possible shark incident at Mindarie in the City of Wanneroo.

Situation:

  • About 11:50am this morning, Sunday 5 June 2016, Police received information that an injured person was found in the water off Mindarie, and was being taken to a boat ramp in Mindarie.
  • Police and St John Ambulance personnel attended the scene and located a female person deceased.
  • The deceased person has significant injuries that are consistent with a shark attack, however the cause of the injuries are yet to be confirmed.
  • Inquiries are continuing at the scene.
  • The persons that brought the injured person ashore reported sighting a shark, size and species unknown in the area.
  • Department of Fisheries is treating the incident as possible shark attack, and a vessel will attend to assess the situation.

What to do:

  • City of Wanneroo has closed beaches either side of Mindarie Boat ramp, south from Claytons Beach and Surf Spot and north to Quinns Beach. 
  • Stay out of the water in the Mindarie area until further advice is issued.
  • 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.
03 June 2016

Fisheries continues investigation following Falcon shark incident

Current Alerts and Warnings

Department of Fisheries’ shark scientists have examined two pieces of a surfboard recovered by WA Police following a serious shark incident at Falcon on Tuesday.

The scientists have confirmed that the damage to the board was as a result of a bite from a white shark, however there is insufficient evidence to determine the size of the shark responsible.

No biological material or tooth fragments were detected during the scientists’ inspection of the surfboard pieces.

Should any further parts of the board be recovered, the Department of Fisheries may be able to provide a further assessment.

03 June 2016

Falcon beaches to reopen but additional caution is advised

Current Alerts and Warnings

Beaches around Surf Break Lookout, Falcon – where a serious shark incident occurred on Tuesday – will be reopened later this morning, when closure signs are removed by City of Mandurah rangers.

Fisheries and Marine Officers will continue to monitor the area.

The Department of Fisheries said it has been more than 24 hours since the last shark sighting, and more than 48 hours since the incident which resulted in a man sustaining serious injuries while surfing.

Although beaches will be re-opened, given the severity of Tuesday’s incident, the department advises water users to take additional caution in the Falcon area.

02 June 2016

Beaches remain closed today near shark incident site at Falcon

Current Alerts and Warnings

Beaches around Surf Break Lookout, Falcon, near Mandurah, will remain closed today after a serious shark incident in the area on Tuesday.

Department of Fisheries officers captured a white shark close to the area yesterday afternoon and will continue to patrol the water today.  Capture gear was removed from the water yesterday afternoon and consideration to deploying capture gear will be made if there are further shark sightings.

Departmental officers say the shark captured yesterday, estimated to be 4.2 metres in length, was not a tagged shark.

The captured white shark died on the line, and the carcass was disposed of at sea, after measurements and samples were taken.

At this time we are unable to confirm that the shark captured was the shark involved in the incident on Tuesday.

Further information on the department’s operational response will be made available later today.

01 June 2016

Fisheries officers continue to patrol water near shark incident

Current Alerts and Warnings

Department of Fisheries officers will continue to patrol the water in the vicinity of Surf Break Lookout, Falcon, near Mandurah, on Thursday following a serious shark incident in the area on Tuesday.

Officers captured a white shark, estimated to be 4.2 metres in length, on Wednesday afternoon, close to the area where a man was seriously injured while surfing on Tuesday.

Beaches in the area remain closed until further notice and swimmers are advised to stay out of the water.

Department Officers are also conducting beach patrols and the Department continues to monitor the situation.

The Department says the captured white shark has expired on the line, and the carcass was disposed of at sea, after measurements and samples were taken.

01 June 2016

White shark caught after Falcon shark bite incident yesterday

Current Alerts and Warnings

A white shark has been caught in the vicinity of Surf Break Lookout, Falcon, near Mandurah, following a serious shark incident in the area yesterday.

Department of Fisheries’ officers deployed capture gear within the vicinity of the incident at first light this morning, and later captured a white shark, between 3 and 4.5 metres in size after 3pm this afternoon.

Beaches in the area have been closed.  Swimmers are being advised to stay out of the water.

An assessment of the operational requirements for managing the shark carcass is currently underway.

01 June 2016

SERIOUS SHARK THREAT at Surfbreak Lookout, near Falcon, south of Mandurah

Current Alerts and Warnings

Department of Fisheries will set shark capture gear at SurfBreak Lookout, near Falcon, this morning after a shark incident on Tuesday afternoon resulted in a determination that a serious threat to public safety exists.

Situation:

  • A man received injuries, and is being treated at Royal Perth Hospital after a serious shark bite incident which occurred before 4pm on Tuesday.
  • An order has been issued by the Director General of the Department of Fisheries to deploy capture gear in the vicinity of the incident, to fish for the shark from first light today.
  • Given the nature of the injuries and the location of the incident, it is likely that a white shark, of 3-metres or more in size, is responsible.
  • The City of Mandurah has closed the beach.