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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.

25 August 2016

SAFETY THREAT for Trigg beach from prolonged shark activity

Current Alerts and Warnings

Department of Fisheries has set shark capture gear offshore from Bennion Beach near Trigg after repeated shark sightings.

23 August 2016

Shark ADVICE for SMN receivers at Busselton and Floreat

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
The partial outage in the shark notification system has been restored, with repairs now complete for the Department of Fisheries Shark Monitoring Network receivers at Busselton and Floreat.

17 August 2016

Shark ADVICE for Yeagarup Beach on the South West Coast

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass that has come ashore at Yeagarup Beach in the Warren Region South West Coast.

17 August 2016

Shark WARNING for Turquoise Bay in Ningaloo Marine Park

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for Turquoise Bay in the Ningaloo Marine Park, south of the Town of Exmouth. There have been reports at this location of increased shark activity stimulated by an injured whale. The most recent report was made by Department of Parks and Wildlife Officers in the late afternoon of the 16th of August.

17 August 2016

Shark ADVICE for Bloodwood Creek in the Ningaloo Marine Park

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass that has come ashore at Bloodwood Creek in the Ningaloo Marine Park, south of the Town of Exmouth.

12 August 2016

Shark WARNING for the coast Hillarys to Scarborough

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
As we head into a weekend of great weather for using the water, the Department of Fisheries is reminding people a shark WARNING remains in place for the northern suburbs of the Perth Metropolitan area, for beaches, surf and dive spots, between Hillarys Boat Harbour and Scarborough after high numbers of shark sightings reported in recent weeks.

06 August 2016

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Notification System at Busselton and Floreat

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update: 1.15pm, 6 August 2016

Fisheries advise that the Leighton Shark Monitoring Network satellite-linked receiver is back online. However, the Floreat satellite linked receiver is now offline. Busselton receiver also remains offline.

  • The Department of Fisheries is investigating the faults.
  • Water users should assume that both are off-line until the faults have been resolved.
  • The remainder of the system is fully operational.

Previous information at 10.15am, 6 August 2016

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

31 July 2016

Shark WARNING for the coast between Hillarys and Trigg

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for water users in the Northern suburbs of Perth Metropolitan area, for beaches, surf and dive spots between Hillarys Boat Harbour and Trigg Point after an increased number of shark sightings in recent weeks.

31 July 2016

Shark ADVICE for Cowaramup

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update: 5.05pm, 1 August 2016
The whale calf stranded inside Left Handers surf break at Cowaramup on Sunday 31 July has been washed out to sea and searches of the area have failed to locate it or the other whales that were in the vicinity.

  • Authorities will continue to look for the whale in the coastal area near Cowaramup.
  • It is possible the whale may wash ashore in another location and act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore.

Department of Fisheries advice for this update is for water users to continue to take additional caution near Cowaramup and other beaches in the area between Capes Naturaliste and Leeuwin.

Previous information at 31 July, 2016

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued, due to a whale being washed ashore inside Left Handers surf break Cowaramup.

31 July 2016

Shark ADVICE for Geographe Bay near Dolphin Road Busselton

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update: 5.20pm, 1 August 2016
The whale carcass washed ashore in Geographe Bay near Dolphin road Busselton on Sunday 31 July has been removed from the beach.

  • The carcass was removed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife on the afternoon of Sunday 31 July.
  • Some residue from the carcass has remained in the sand and an oil slick is stretching out to sea from the beach. This residue is likely to remain for several days and it possible it will continue to act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore.

Department of Fisheries advice for this update is for water users to continue to take additional caution in Geographe Bay.

Previous information at 31 July, 2016

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued, due to a whale carcass being washed ashore in Geographe Bay near Dolphin road Busselton