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Find the latest advice, warnings, information and news here, to help you stay informed and be SharkSmart.

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21 November 2014

A timely reminder to report shark sightings to Water Police

Media Release

This week’s footage of a white shark bumping a recreational fishing vessel off the Perth Metropolitan coast, which was widely covered by the media, was not reported to authorities and the Department of Fisheries is reminding people to report shark sightings to Water Police.

26 September 2014

More patrols, second shark barrier for South-West

Media Release

Aerial patrols of South-West beaches by Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) will start eight weeks earlier than planned, Premier Colin Barnett announced today.

17 June 2014

Review recommends drum lines stay for 3 years

Media Release

A comprehensive review of the Western Australian Government’s drum line program has found it had significantly less environmental impact than other shark control programs around the world.

07 May 2014

Figures support shark mitigation strategy

Media Release

The State Government’s shark mitigation policy is successfully restoring confidence among Western Australian beachgoers and greatly contributing to the scientific knowledge about shark behaviour, Fisheries Minister Ken Baston said today.

18 February 2014

Government releases shark catch data

Media Release

The State Government has released details of the first three weeks of its new drum line initiative, part of a $23million shark hazard mitigation program.

10 February 2014

South-West Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter daily patrols end

Media Release

Beachgoers are advised that after a busy summer season patrolling WA’s south west coastline Surf Life Saving WA’s South-West Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter has ceased daily patrols.

24 January 2014

Shark barrier trial under way at Old Dunsborough

Media Release

Beachgoers in the South-West will be able to take advantage of a new shark enclosure this Australia Day weekend with the completion of an underwater barrier in Dunsborough.

31 December 2013

967,000 awarded to shark mitigation research

Media Release

A Western Australian company and two WA universities have been awarded $967,161 in the second round of applied research funding as part of the State Government’s Shark Hazard Mitigation Strategy.

27 December 2013

Improving shark safety at popular WA beaches

Media Release

The State Government will begin deploying baited drum lines at eight popular Western Australian beach locations in the new year to protect beachgoers from dangerous sharks deemed to be a threat to humans.

14 December 2013

Roll out of tagged shark monitors continues

Media Release

Two more satellite-linked tagged shark monitors for the WA Government’s Shark Monitoring Network have now been installed in Albany’s King George Sound and are online ready to make detections.