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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.

04 April 2019

Shark ADVICE for Guillotine Surfing Spot, north of Gracetown

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 4 April at 10am

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 1pm on Thursday 2 May 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 March 2019

Shark ADVICE for Canal Rocks near Yallingup

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 28 March at 3:15pm

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 Monday 29 April 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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12 April 2019

BEN signs are already playing their part in coastal emergencies

Media Release
  • More than 500 BEN signs expected to be installed in Perth and regional WA by the end of May
  • McGowan Government initiative is bringing a new level of safety to WA beach locations
12 April 2019

$8 million boost for WA’s scientific shark hazard mitigation strategy

Media Release
  • Additional $8 million committed for shark hazard mitigation in WA
  • More funding for Surf Life Saving WA helicopter, drone, beach and jet ski patrols
  • Over the next two years more than $12 million to be spent on keeping WA beaches safe 
03 April 2019

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Notification System

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 3 April at 2.20pm

The partial system outage for the Shark Monitoring Network, relating to the Scarborough Beach offshore satellite-linked receiver has now been resolved. The Shark Monitoring Network is fully operational.

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

29 March 2019

Surf’s up, be safe and save: 500 more personal shark deterrents available

Media Release
  • Additional 500 rebates available for scientifically proven personal shark deterrent devices
  • Using a personal shark deterrent is good sea sense for surfers and divers
  • $200 subsidy available on approved devices purchased through a registered retailer 
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