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Shark ADVICE – overnight partial outage for notification system

Shark ADVICE – overnight partial outage for notification system

07 July 2017

** Update 8 July at 07:30am 

Outage resolved, and all systems now fully operational. 

Alert issued 7 July:

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

Situation:

  • Unplanned maintenance is urgently required on the system used to automatically post public sighting reports, and the system will be offline from 11pm tonight until approximately 2am tomorrow morning on current advice.
  • An update will be provided on SharkSmart, when the system is fully restored. 
  • Members of the public can still report a sighting during the outage, and the information will be posted manually using back-up systems.
  • Although the information will still be posted, information may be delayed.
  • Automated detections from the Shark Monitoring Network are not affected, and will be posted as usual.

What to do:

  • Adhere to any beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • During the outage, check the latest detection and sighting information on both the SharkSmart website shark activity map, and Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, still 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. During the outage the information will posted manually using back-up systems.

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 in WA.  See www.sharksmart.com.au for additional information.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development comprises the former departments of Agriculture and Food, Fisheries and Regional Development, together with the staff of the Regional Development Commissions.

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