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Additional cautions urged for water users Perth Metro – Port Kennedy – Ocean Reef

Additional cautions urged for water users Perth Metro – Port Kennedy – Ocean Reef

10 December 2014

The Department of Fisheries is advising water users between Port Kennedy and Ocean Reef to exercise additional caution, following a series of tagged shark detections at several Shark Monitoring Network receivers overnight.

The receiver detections occurred overnight at the locations of Warnbro Sound, 2kms off Scarborough and Garden Island north end.

This follows a series of shark sightings reported over the last two days, at various locations in the Perth metro area, and reports of baitfish along the coast.

The frequency and duration of the recent detections, and sightings reported indicates it is highly likely the current environmental conditions are acting as an attractant to both tagged and untagged sharks.

Environmental conditions which attract sharks are usually transient and it is not uncommon for sharks to be present off the coast throughout the year, however, water users should be aware that, given the current environmental indications, the increase in the reported shark activity in the Perth metro area may continue for several days.

The department’s advice is that water users should exercise additional caution in the area this weekend, and report any shark sightings to Water Police on 9442 8600.

Detections and sightings are communicated to beach safety authorities and publicly posted to the SLSWA Twitter feed and the SharkSmart website.

Advice is that water users should:

  • Take additional caution Port Kennedy – Ocean Reef.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the Surf Life Saving Twitter – twitter.com/SLSWA or the SharkSmart activity map www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity
  • Report any shark sightings to Water Police on 9442 8600.
  • Adhere to any beach closures advised by your Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
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