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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.

24 May 2018

Shark ADVICE for Cheynes Beach, east of Albany

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued, due to a large whale carcass that has been washed into Cheynes Bay in the City of Albany area.

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30 April 2018

Shark ADVICE for Three Bears, near Yallingup

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update 4.15pm, 24 May 2018

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) has extended the Regulation 44 closure related to the whale carcass south of Three Bears surfing spot, near Yallingup.

The closure will remain in force until Thursday 31 May 2018.

The decision is based on some parts of the whale carcass remaining in place at the original site. 

The closure is from Three Bears surfing spot to 300m north of Shivery Rock surf break. A further assessment will be carried out by DBCA, before the closure is due to end next Thursday.

Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600.

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24 April 2018

Shark ADVICE for Redgate Beach and Hamelin Bay area closures

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 24 May 4.10pm

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has extended the Regulation 44 closures for Redgate Beach and the Contos-Boranup area, so those closures will remain in force until at least Thursday 31 May 2018 and be reviewed then.

The closure at Hamelin Headland (White Cliff Point) to the northern end of Cosy Corner Beach will expire at the end of today. Caution is recommended at all times in these waters and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development recommends that water users check SharkSmart’s Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to their local beaches.

The decision to extend two area closures for a further week is based on the continued presence of decomposing carcasses on the shore. The closures are in place from the shoreline to two kilometres out to sea at:

  • Redgate Beach from the carpark along the whole of Redgate Beach,
  • Contos Springs to Grace Road, Boranup Beach.

Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600.

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24 May 2018

Hot off the shelves - new surfer specific personal shark deterrent subsidy now available

Media Release
  • Subsidy on Ocean Guardian Surf+ personal shark deterrent now available in stores
  • University research shows the device, even in extreme circumstances, significantly reduces the risk of shark interactions
  • An additional $200,000 added to subsidy program for a further 1,000 devices
22 May 2018

New surf device added to McGowan Government's world-first personal shark deterrent subsidy program

Media Release
  • Ocean Guardian Surf+ personal shark deterrent added to subsidy program after independent testing
  • University research shows the device, even in extreme circumstances, significantly reduces the risk of shark interactions
  • An additional $200,000 added to subsidy program for a further 1,000 devices
22 May 2018

Research finds surfer shark deterrent significantly reduces the risk of attack

Media Release
  • University research shows the Ocean Guardian Surf+, even in extreme circumstances, significantly reduces the risk of shark interactions by at least 60 per cent
  • McGowan Government calls on NSW Government to release the final university report into shark deterrent effectiveness
  • Subject to the final report, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has recommended the Surf+ device be added to the personal shark deterrent subsidy program 
14 May 2018

Shark WARNING for waters around Lefthanders Surf Spot

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for waters between Big Rock Surf Spot and Ellensbrook Beach, near Gracetown, after an interaction with a shark at Lefthanders Surf Spot, which occurred Friday, was reported late today.

29 April 2018

McGowan Government extends daily Surf Life Saving WA chopper patrols

Media Release
  • McGowan Government provides SLSWA about $350,000 to extend daily aerial service to 27 May, 2018
  • Commonly patrols finish at the end of April, after the school holidays
  • A bumper salmon run and the biggest mass whale stranding in 10 years is believed to be contributing to higher sightings of large marine animals, including white sharks
28 April 2018

Shark WARNING for Gearys Beach, south of Mandurah

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for Gearys Beach, south of Mandurah, after an interaction with a shark 50 metres offshore was reported at 5pm this evening.

25 April 2018

Shark WARNING for waters Dunsborough to Bunker Bay

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for waters between Dunsborough Beach to Bunker Bay, near the town of Dunsborough, after an increased number of reported shark sightings.