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Shark ADVICE – Bickley Point SMN receiver offline

Shark ADVICE – Bickley Point SMN receiver offline

26 February 2018

Update on 28 February at 3.45pm:

  • The Shark Monitoring Network receiver at Bickley Point (Rottnest) is back in service.
  • The satellite-linked Shark Monitoring Network is now fully operational

Alert issued 26 February 2018:

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 Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development advises that the Shark Monitoring Network satellite-linked receiver located at Bickley Point (Rottnest) is currently offline.
  • The remainder of the system is fully operational.

What to do:

  • Adhere to any beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • During this time of year 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.
  • 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.

What authorities are doing:
The relevant authorities that receive Shark Notification System alerts to assist them in responses have been notified of the outage; including the Surf Life Saving WA, WA Police and relevant local government rangers.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will be working to restore the system to full operational status as soon as possible.

Extra information:
Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the Shark Activity Map on the SharkSmart website – www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity or the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter – twitter.com/SLSWA.

Check www.sharksmart.com.au/news for current alerts and warnings.

The Shark Notification System forms part of a range of shark hazard mitigation strategies in place.  See www.sharksmart.com.au for additional information.

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