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Shark ADVICE for WA Shark Notification System – off Scarborough05 February 2016
UPDATE on 10 February, 2016:
Services have been restored to 2kms off Scarborough Shark Monitoring Network receiver. The network is now fully operational.
A shark ADVICE has been issued for Western Australian water users due to a partial outage in the shark notification system.
- Fisheries advise tagged shark detections from Shark Monitoring Network satellite-linked receiver located 2kms off Scarborough are currently offline
- The receiver was damaged by a vessel collision and is out of operation until further notice.
- The remainder of the system, including the inshore Scarborough receiver, 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.
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.
The Shark Notification System forms part of a range of shark hazard mitigation strategies in place. See www.sharksmart.com.au for additional information.