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News and Alerts

Find the latest advice, warnings, information and news here, to help you stay informed and be SharkSmart.

You can filter the latest information by alert, or media release. Current alerts and warnings are at the top of the page and highlighted. 

Visit this page regularly to stay updated with the latest shark information.

05 March 2019

Shark ADVICE for Guillotine Surfing Spot, north of Gracetown

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 5 March at 3.10pm

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has extended the Regulation 44 closure for the area of coast up to two kilometres north and south of Guillotine surfing spot - bounded by Mt Whaleback in the south and Willyabrup Cliffs in the north - due to the slowly decomposing whale carcass that remains at Guillotine, north of Gracetown.

The closure includes the area from the shoreline to two kilometres out to sea. This means beaches and waters in this area cannot be used by divers, surfers and swimmers. This closure does not apply to vessels.

The decomposing carcass may continue to act as an attractant to sharks

Beach closure signs remain in place.

The closure will continue for a month, until 6pm on Friday 5 April 2019. A further review will be conducted ahead of that time.

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

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28 February 2019

Shark ADVICE for Canal Rocks near Yallingup

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 28 February at 10:30am

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has extended the Regulation 44 closure for this area, due to the slowly decomposing whale carcass that remains in this location.

This area covers the locations between the unnamed headland at the western end of Canal Rocks (33° 40.021’S and 114° 59.6’E) to the south (past Wyadup Rocks) to a point on the beach north of Mitchell Rocks (33° 41.342’S and 114° 59.581’E).

The decomposing carcass may continue to act as an attractant to sharks.

Beach closure signs remain in place.

The closure includes the area from the shoreline to one kilometre out to sea. This means beaches and waters in this area cannot be used by divers, surfers and swimmers. This closure does not apply to vessels.

The closure will remain in force at least until 6pm on Thursday 28 March 2019, however further reviews will be conducted up until this date.

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

 

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23 February 2019

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 23 February at 4.50am

The system outage for the Shark Monitoring Network has now been resolved and the Shark Notification System is fully operational again. 

Keep informed of the latest detections 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.

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

21 February 2019

Scientific non-lethal SMART drumline trial now underway

Media Release
  • The scientific trial will help fill knowledge gaps from trials off the NSW coast
  • Monthly reports will inform the community on sharks caught, tagged and relocated
  • Both seabed-based and satellite-linked receivers will monitor tagged shark movements
18 February 2019

Seabed receivers to track white shark movements in WA

Media Release
  • 240 seabed receivers to be used in SMART drumline trial to track fine-scale movements of tagged sharks
  • Seabed monitors are in addition to three new real-time tagged shark detection receivers deployed in Gracetown
  • Non-lethal SMART drumline trial to get underway before the end of this month 
18 February 2019

WA shark alarm technology to be used during SMART drumline trial

Media Release
  • McGowan Government to install nine new alarms with lights and sirens along the Gracetown coast
  • The alarms will let beachgoers know when there is SMART drumline trial activity
  • Built by a Perth company, Spectur, the alarms provide prompt, localised information 
17 February 2019

Shark ADVICE for Scarborough's inshore shark monitoring receiver

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 17 February at 3.50pm

A partial system outage, relating to the Scarborough inshore satellite-linked receiver, has been resolved and the Shark Monitoring Network is now fully operational again.

Keep informed of the latest detections 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.

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

10 February 2019

Shark ADVICE for Albany’s Ellen Cove monitoring receiver

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 10 February at 11.30am

The partial system outage for the Shark Monitoring Network, relating to the Ellen Cove satellite-linked receiver has now been resolved. This concluded maintenance means the Shark Monitoring Network is now fully operational again.

Keep informed of the latest detections 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.

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

05 February 2019

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 10 February at 11.40am

When the 5 February update was issued, there was an error because it overlooked the fact that the Shark Monitoring Network satellite-linked receiver at Ellen Cove was off-line due a technical fault, which had caused an unrelated outage on 4 February. Please note the Ellen Cove receiver was returned to service this morning and the Shark Monitoring Network is now fully operational again.

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

Update on 5 February at 11.20am:

The system outage for the Shark Monitoring Network has now been resolved and is back on line. The Shark Notification System is fully operational again.

Keep informed of the latest detections 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.

27 January 2019

Non-lethal SMART drumline trial to start next month

Media Release
  • Scientific trial to catch, tag and relocate sharks will commence in February and run for 15 months
  • Contractor appointed to operate the non-lethal drumlines
  • Training for the contractor will occur ahead of the full deployment of the drumlines 
  • Chief Scientist to begin independent scientific evaluation 12 months into the trial