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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.

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.

27 November 2013

Extra precautionary measures in place in the South West

Media Release

Police will be supported by the Department of Fisheries and other local agencies today and for the rest of the week, to provide increased precautionary safety measures around South West beaches. 

22 November 2013

Helicopter beach patrols back in the air

Media Release

Beach safety along Western Australia’s popular South-West coast will be boosted this weekend when the Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) helicopter takes to the sky for the first of its daily patrol flights over this summer.

13 October 2013

Milestone for WA's shark alert system

Media Release

Western Australia’s Shark Monitoring Network is now using new technology to provide alerts on 326 tagged sharks - including a four metre white shark recently tagged by Department of Fisheries research scientists.