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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.

28 July 2016

Shark WARNING for Possession Point near Albany

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for Possession Point near Albany, after an interaction with a shark 200metres offshore was reported early this afternoon.

26 July 2016

Shark ADVICE for Bowes River mouth near Horrocks

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a humpback whale carcass being washed up approximately 200metres south of the Bowes River mouth.

The area is very popular with both surfers and fishermen, and is also only 6km south of the town of Horrocks. 

25 July 2016

Shark ADVICE for Perth Metro beaches

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a confirmed shark sighting at a number of beaches Swanbourne, Floreat and City Beach today. A whale, believed to be a Southern Right Whale, was seen travelling close to the beaches being followed by a white shark. A number of shark sightings have also been reported at Mettam’s Pool Beach and North Beach over the last two days.

22 July 2016

Shark ADVICE for Shoalwater Bay near Rockingham

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update: 10am, 25 July 2016
Fisheries advise Shoalwater Bay beach has been re-opened today, following the removal of the whale carcass late Saturday.

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at the sandbar between Seal Island and the mainland, approximately 500 metres off shore from Shoalwater Bay in the City of Rockingham.

22 July 2016

Shark WARNING for Toms Surf Break at North Beach

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for Toms Surf Break in North Beach, after a series of reports at this location during the past several days. The most recent report was made by a member of the public after midday today (Friday 22 July).

04 July 2016

Shark ADVICE between Quininup and Wilyabrup, north of Gracetown

Current Alerts and Warnings

**UPDATED - CARCASS REMOVED. BEACH NOW OPEN**

A shark ADVICE remains in place for the area between Quininup and Wilyabrup, due to a whale carcass washed ashore at Honeycombs Surfing Spot, north of Gracetown earlier this week.

The carcass has now been removed,  and Honeycombs Beach has been reopened. 

Situation:
• The whale carcass was reported by a member of the public to the Department of Parks and Wildlife at approximately noon Monday.
• Although it has now been removed, it is possible some leaching from the decomposing carcass occured during clean up, will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast, so water users are advised to take caution.
• While it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution while the whale carcass remains close to shore. 

04 July 2016

ADVICE of temporary outage to the WA Shark Notification system - now resolved

Current Alerts and Warnings

A partial outage occurred this morning between 08:40am and 10:00am in the SharkSmart website element of the WA shark notification system.

Department of Fisheries has since restored the system to full operational status, and the information on the site is now fully updated.

 

03 July 2016

Shark WARNING for the coast between Hillarys and Trigg

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
At the beginning of school holidays the Department of Fisheries has issued a shark WARNING for water users in the northern suburbs of the Perth Metropolitan area, for beaches, surf and dive spots, between Hillarys Boat Harbour and Trigg Point after an increased number of reported shark sightings over the last few days.

Situation:

UPDATE 5 July:

  • There have been a total of nine public sighting reports of large sharks from Thursday 30 June to Tuesday 5 July in the 2.5km stretch between Mettams Pool, and Watermans Bay.
  • It is possible that the frequency and duration of the recent reported sightings may increase the likelihood of encountering a shark in this area.
  • The initial warning issued on Sunday night was following seven public sighting reports of large sharks from Thursday 30 June to Sunday 3 July in the 2.5km stretch between Mettams Pool, and Watermans Bay.

What to do:

  • Reconsider swimming, surfing or diving, in the area between Hillarys Boat Harbour and Trigg Point.
  • In the Perth metropolitan area, don’t swim, surf or dive around large schools of fish.
  • 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 so beaches can be closed if needed, and is available to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
  • Obey any beach closures in place.
  • During winter many beaches are not patrolled fulltime, so water users need to take responsibility for their actions by staying up to date - Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
10 June 2016

Mindarie beaches are now open but extra caution is advised

Current Alerts and Warnings

Beaches around Mindarie – where a fatal shark incident occurred one kilometre offshore last Sunday – are open again.

The beaches that have been reopened by the City of Wanneroo are located either side of Mindarie Boat ramp - from Claytons Beach and Surf Spot south of the ramp and Quinns Beach to the north.

Although the beaches are now open again, given the severity of Sunday’s incident, the department advises water users to take additional caution in the Mindarie area.

What to do:

  • Obey beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Take extra caution in the area by not surfing or diving when large schools of fish are present.
  • 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 so beaches can be closed if needed, and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
09 June 2016

Mindarie beaches to reopen but additional caution is advised

Current Alerts and Warnings

Beaches around Mindarie – where a fatal shark incident occurred one kilometre offshore last Sunday – will be reopened tomorrow by the City of Wanneroo.

Beaches to be reopened are located either side of Mindarie Boat ramp - from Claytons Beach and Surf Spot south of the ramp and Quinns Beach to the north.

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

What to do:

  • Obey beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Take extra caution in the area by not surfing or diving when large schools of fish are present.
  • 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 so beaches can be closed if needed, and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.