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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.

18 August 2018

Shark ADVICE for Canal Rocks near Yallingup

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 19 August at 1.45pm

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) has issued a Regulation 44 closure notice for the area extending 2 kilometres north and 2 kilometres south of a humpback whale carcass ashore on rocks at Wyadup, Canal Rocks. 

This area covers the locations between the southern end of Smiths Beach to the north, and the southern end of Injidup Beach to the south.

The closure includes waters extending 2 kilometres seaward in the area. This means beaches and waters in this area cannot be used by divers, surfers and swimmers. This closure does not apply to vessels.

Subject to the DBCA Regulation 44 notice, the area will remain closed until 4.30pm Wednesday 22 August 2018, at which time a further assessment will be carried out.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

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11 August 2018

Shark ADVICE for Tagon Beach, Cape Arid

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Tagon Beach, Cape Arid east of Esperance.

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08 August 2018

Shark ADVICE for Sandy Cape Beach, Jurien Bay Marine Park

Current Alerts and Warnings

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A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Sandy Cape Beach in the Jurien Bay Marine Park, between Jurien and Greenhead town sites.

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22 July 2018

Shark ADVICE for Nickol Bay near Karratha

Current Alerts and Warnings

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A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported on a mudflat, 2 kilometres north of Karratha in Nickol Bay.

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17 August 2018

First of more than 1,000 lifesaving signs installed at WA beaches

Media Release
  • Beach Emergency Numbers will help save vital time in critical incidents
  • More than 1,000 BEN signs are planned for WA's coast from Geraldton to Esperance
  • McGowan Government delivers on election promise to support local governments to improve beach safety 
14 August 2018

WA to conduct scientific trial of SMART drumlines

Media Release
  • McGowan Government will conduct a non-lethal SMART drumline trial in WA's south-west
  • The trial will be subject to independent scientific assessment to determine its effectiveness 
  • An independent review to be conducted by Chief Scientist Peter Klinken 
10 August 2018

Shark ADVICE for Peppermint Grove Beach, near Capel

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 16 August at 10.25am

The Shire of Capel has removed the whale carcass from Peppermint Grove Beach, near Capel.

Additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, as any residue from where the whale carcass was beached may still attract sharks to the area.

Water users should check the SharkSmart Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to their local beaches.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

07 August 2018

Shark ADVICE for Mindarie in the City of Wanneroo

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 8 August at 2.35pm

Please note that yesterday's alert incorrectly said DBCA staff removed the whale carcass. 

Removal of the carcass was actually carried out by the City of Wanneroo officers.

The carcass was removed from Claytons Surf Spot, not Mindarie Beach as first reported.

Additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, as residue from the whale carcass may still attract sharks to the Mindarie area.

Water users should check the SharkSmart Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to their local beaches. 

Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600

05 August 2018

Shark ADVICE for Florida Beach, Mandurah

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 6 August at 9.35am

The City of Mandurah has removed the whale carcass from Florida Beach in Mandurah.

Additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, as any residue from where the whale carcass was beached may still attract sharks to the area.

Water users should check the SharkSmart Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to their local beaches. 

Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600

28 July 2018

Shark ADVICE for outage of Smiths Beach SMN receiver

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 16 August at 10.30am

The satellite-linked receiver at Smiths Beach, south of Yallingup, has been replaced following recent storm damage and is now online.

As a result all components of the Western Australian Shark Monitoring Network are now fully operational.

Keep informed of the latest reported sightings and tagged shark detection 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