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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.

20 December 2017

McGowan Government helps regional councils improve beach safety

Media Release
  • McGowan Government delivers on election promise to support local governments to improve beach safety
  • Beach Emergency Numbers will help save vital time in critical incidents
  • Regional councils from Geraldton to the South Australian border are urged to apply for funding
16 December 2017

Beach Emergency Numbers grant applications open

Media Release
  • McGowan Government delivers on election promise to support local governments to improve beach safety
  • Beach Emergency Numbers will help save vital time in critical incidents
  • Councils along the Perth metropolitan coast are urged to apply for funding 
26 November 2017

1,000 shark deterrent subsidies claimed within six months

Media Release
  • ​Subsidy funding doubled with an additional $200,000 allocated for a further 1,000 devices
  • UWA research found that the approved device deterred white sharks in nine out of 10 occasions
  • All shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600 
21 September 2017

Shark deterrents prove popular with community

Media Release
  • More than 630 Western Australians have taken part in the world-first trial subsidy
  • UWA research found that approved devices deterred great white sharks in nine out of 10 occasions
  • All shark sightings should be reported to the Water Police on 9442 8600 
22 June 2017

Esperance receivers online and ready to detect tagged sharks

Media Release
  • WA’s shark monitoring network has expanded to 27 satellite-linked receivers
  • The receivers have now been installed at Kelp Beds and West beaches
  • Detections and sightings are posted to SharkSmart and SLSWA’s Twitter feed

Western Australia’s shark monitoring network has been bolstered with the installation and activation of two new satellite-linked receivers in Esperance now complete.

20 June 2017

Locations confirmed for Esperance shark detectors

Media Release
  • WA's shark monitoring network extended to Esperance
  • Satellite-linked shark detectors to be installed at Kelp Beds and West beaches
  • Weather permitting, the receivers will be installed this month

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly today announced Kelp Bed and West beaches in Esperance have been selected as the locations for two new satellite-linked tagged shark detectors.

03 June 2017

Esperance community to have their say on shark detection receivers

Media Release
  • Community asked to provide feedback for deployment of satellite-linked receivers
  • Seven locations have been identified as possible areas for deployment
  • Online consultation period open until June 14, 2017

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly is inviting the Esperance community to go online and have their say about where two satellite-linked shark detection receivers should be deployed in the area.

26 May 2017

World-first shark deterrent subsidy kicks-off

Media Release
  • Election commitment delivered
  • Subsidy of $200 for 1,000 devices starts today

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly is urging Western Australians to benefit from a world-first rebate scheme for personal shark deterrents which begins today.

13 May 2017

A smarter approach to shark mitigation in WA waters

Media Release
  • Election commitment for a shark deterrent subsidy delivered
  • Shark monitoring network extended to Esperance 
  • Election commitment for Beach Emergency Numbering grants delivered
  • Funding provided to the City of Mandurah for beach enclosure at Falcon Beach
  • Aerial and beach patrols funded after former government left budget black hole 
31 January 2017

New beach enclosure opens at Quinns Beach

Media Release
  • Liberal National Government has invested more than $33 million on shark hazard mitigation

Quinns Beach is the latest coastal area to have a beach enclosure after it was officially opened today by Premier Colin Barnett.

"This is the fifth Government-funded beach enclosure now available to beach-goers along the Western Australian coastline," Mr Barnett said. 

"The Quinns Beach enclosure is 300 metres in length along the beach and about 85 metres out from the shore.  It will be in place all-year-round for a minimum of five years.

"Beach enclosures are an important component of the Liberal National Government's shark hazard mitigation strategy and are incredibly popular with swimmers and families.