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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.

17 September 2019

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network – Cottesloe

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued for Town of Cottesloe water users, due to a partial outage in the shark notification system at Cottesloe beach.

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14 September 2019

Shark ADVICE for Point Samson in the City of Karratha

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 14 September at 5:00pm

Fisheries Officers from Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development have inspected the whale carcass at Point Samson today and have observed the carcass has suffered heavy predation from sharks. 

The parts of the carcass that were below the waterline are mostly gone, however some parts of the whale remain on the shore. 

It is possible the residues of the whale may continue to act as a shark attractant and the beach is to remain closed until further notice.

Beach access is permitted within the closure area, but swimming or entering the water is prohibited.

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

 

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14 September 2019

Shark ADVICE for Bruboodjoo Point near Coral Bay in the Shire of Carnarvon

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 14 September at 9:20am

Officers from Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions have assessed the whale carcass at Bruboodjoo Point near Coral Bay.

Due to the tide overnight the carcass has moved slightly further north by 200 metres. The area is now subject to a Regulation 44 closure notice, which will now remain in place until 5pm 20 September 2019.

The closure is for the waters out to 200 metres from the high water mark along the coast adjacent to Cardabia Station, north of Brunbudjoo point.

It is possible the decomposing carcass will continue to act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.

Beach access is permitted within the closure area, but swimming or entering the water is prohibited.

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

 

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07 September 2019

Shark WARNING for Burns Beach in the City of Joondalup

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:

A shark WARNING has been issued for Burns Beach in the City of Joondalup after an interaction with a shark two (2) kilometres offshore was reported at 9:26am this morning.

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05 September 2019

Shark ADVICE for Wedge Island near Lancelin

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 5 September at 9:00am

Officers from Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions have assessed the remains of the whale carcass at Wedge Island and have extended the Regulation 44 closure notice, which will now remain in place until 4th October 2019.  

The closure is for the waters surrounding Wedge Island up to one kilometre out to sea.

It is possible the decomposing carcass will continue to act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.

Beach access is permitted within the closure area but swimming or entering the water is prohibited.

 

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16 September 2019

1,000 more scientifically proven personal shark deterrent devices now available

Media Release
  • $1 million committed for 5,000 rebates for scientifically proven personal shark deterrents since May 2017
  • About 3,800 rebates have so far been claimed by local ocean users
  • World-first program offers $200 subsidy on scientifically proven devices
11 September 2019

Shark ADVICE for Garden Island in the City of Rockingham

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 11 September at 2:15pm

Contractors and staff from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have removed the Humpback Whale carcass which was located at the southern end of Garden Island. 

The carcass was towed to shore and is now being lifted in sections into industrial skip bins and transported to landfill. It will be completely removed by the end of the day.

Residues will potentially remain for a few days and may act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.

Bring your Sea Sense to the beach. Stay informed by checking for shark activity on the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.

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

 

30 August 2019

Helicopter patrols begin in spring for Perth and South-West beaches

Media Release
  • From Sunday, two helicopters will comb the WA coast to boost weekend beach safety
  • The Perth coastal patrols will have daily flights from September 30 to the end of April
  • South-West patrols fly daily during school holidays and at various times over summer
  • Beachgoers are encouraged to switch on their Sea Sense
17 August 2019

Shark ADVICE for notifications to the Twitter feed

Current Alerts and Warnings

Updated 17 August at 1:20pm

The system fault restricting shark notifications from being automatically published on Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed has been fully restored.

All reported shark sighting notifications and tagged shark detections are being published on the SharkSmart website and are also being automatically published on SLSWA Twitter feed

Bring you Sea Sense to the beach. Stay information by checking the Shark Activity Map on the SharkSmart website – www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity.

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

 

14 August 2019

Shark Advice for Flat Rocks Beach, near Greenough

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 14 August at 9.45am:

Fisheries advise the whale carcass south of Flat Rocks Beach, near Greenough, has been assessed and remains in place. The decomposing carcass is partially buried in the beach sand and is visible only on low tide. 

DPIRD will continue to monitor and assess the situation in partnership with the local land managers.

While the carcass remains in place, it's possible it will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.

Bring your Sea Sense to the beach. Stay informed by checking for shark activity on the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.

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