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Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Notification System at Busselton and Floreat

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Notification System at Busselton and Floreat

06 August 2016

Update: 1.15pm, 6 August 2016

Fisheries advise that the Leighton Shark Monitoring Network satellite-linked receiver is back online. However, the Floreat satellite linked receiver is now offline. Busselton receiver also remains offline.

  • The Department of Fisheries is investigating the faults.
  • Water users should assume that both are off-line until the faults have been resolved.
  • The remainder of the system is fully operational.

Previous information at 10.15am, 6 August 2016

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued for Western Australian water users due to a partial outage in the shark notification system.

Situation:

  • Fisheries advise tagged shark detections from two off-shore Shark Monitoring Network satellite-linked receivers are currently offline. 
  • The locations of the receivers affected are: Busselton and Leighton.
  • The department is investigating the faults.
  • Water users should assume that both are off-line until the faults has been resolved.
  • The remainder of the system is fully operational.

What to do:

  • Adhere to any beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • 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:
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 Fisheries will be working to restore the system to full operational status as soon as possible.

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.

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 additional information.

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