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Shark capture order rescinded for Cheynes Beach

Shark capture order rescinded for Cheynes Beach

31 December 2014

The Department of Fisheries Acting Director General, Dr Rick Fletcher, has rescinded the catch order for a white shark suspected to be responsible for a fatal attack off Cheynes Beach, near Bald Island, close to Albany.

The Department has conducted surveillance on the water and deployed capture gear following a fatal incident which claimed the life of a young man on Monday, however, since that time there have been no sightings of a shark considered a serious threat.

Dr Fletcher said given that a significant period has elapsed since the tragic incident which occurred at midday on Monday and that there have been no further sightings of a high hazard shark in the Cheynes Beach region, it is appropriate to rescind the capture order.

Summer is a popular time for West Australians to use our beaches and water ways. Advice is that water users should:

  • Adhere to any beach closures which may be in place.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the Surf Life
Saving Twitter – www.twitter.com/SLSWA or the SharkSmart activity map
 - www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity
  • Report any shark sightings to Water Police on 9442 8600.


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