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Shark ADVICE for outage of Smiths Beach SMN receiver

Shark ADVICE for outage of Smiths Beach SMN receiver

28 July 2018

Update on 16 August at 10.30am

The satellite-linked receiver at Smiths Beach, south of Yallingup, has been replaced following recent storm damage and is now online.

As a result all components of the Western Australian Shark Monitoring Network are now fully operational.

Keep informed of the latest reported sightings and tagged shark detection 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

Update on 30 July at 12.55pm

The satellite-linked receiver at Smiths Beach, south of Yallingup, has a been damaged by recent storms and is not in service.

This is the only receiver out of service and the remainder of the Shark Monitoring Network is fully functional.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will be working to restore the system to full operational status as soon as possible.

Weather, and associated sea conditions in the area are likely to delay the remediation work necessary to bring this receiver back into service. 

Current forecast means that a maintenance program cannot be undertaken for at least the next week, with the area set to receive swells over 4m. The department will continue to monitor the forecasts and make the required repairs to the satellite-linked received, when it is next safe to do so.

Once operational, public advice will be provided.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

Alert issued on 29 July, 2018

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued for Western Australian water users, due to a partial outage in the shark notification system in the Smiths Beach area near Yallingup.

Situation:

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development advise that the Shark Monitoring Network is currently experiencing an outage in the Smiths Beach area due to storm damage to the associated receiver buoy. 
  • This outage will continue until this buoy is able to be serviced by the department.
  • This partial outage is limited to the Smiths Beach area.

What to do:

  • Adhere to any beach closures advised by local government rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Keep informed of the latest 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: 
The relevant authorities that receive Shark Notification System alerts to assist them in responses have been notified of the outage; including the Surf Life Saving WA, WA Police and relevant local government rangers.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will be working to restore the system to full operational status as soon as possible. 

Extra information:
Check www.sharksmart.com.au/news for current alerts and warnings.

The Shark Notification System forms part of a range of shark hazard mitigation strategies in place. See www.sharksmart.com.au for any additional information or updates.

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