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Fisheries to reset capture gear off Mindarie, beaches remain closed

Fisheries to reset capture gear off Mindarie, beaches remain closed

06 June 2016

Department of Fisheries officers will this morning reset shark capture gear, near the site of a fatal shark incident that occurred one kilometre offshore from Mindarie marina yesterday.

The department will set capture gear at sunrise, given there has been a determination that a serious threat to public safety exists.

Situation:

  • A person has died, with significant injuries that are consistent with a shark attack, however the cause of the injuries are yet to be confirmed. The Department of Fisheries is treating the incident as a fatal shark incident.
  • An order has been issued by the Director General of the Department of Fisheries to deploy capture gear in the vicinity of the incident, to fish for the shark from early this morning.
  • Given the nature of the injuries and the location of the incident, it is likely that a large white shark, greater than 3m in size is responsible.
  • The City of Wanneroo has closed the beach and it is to remain closed today.

What to do:

  • The City of Wanneroo has closed beaches either side of Mindarie Boat ramp, south from Claytons Beach and Surf Spot and north to Quinns Beach. Beaches will remain closed for the remainder of today.
  • Stay out of the water in the Mindarie area until further advice is issued.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting 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. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.

What authorities are doing:
Department of Fisheries is investigating the incident. Further updates will be provided once available. 

Extra information:
Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the Shark Activity Map on the SharkSmart website – www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity or the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter – twitter.com/SLSWA.

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