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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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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

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

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.

26 January 2019

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 26 January at 12.20pm:
The system outage for the Shark Monitoring Network has now been resolved and the tagged shark detection receivers are 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.

29 December 2018

Shark ADVICE for Dalyellup Beach in the City of Bunbury

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 29 December at 6pm

Officers from the Department of Conservation and Attractions have successfully removed the dead dolphin from Dalyellup beach.

Beach users should continue to take caution as the residue of the carcass may continue to act as a shark attractant.

Bring your Sea Sense to the beach. 

The first step to developing your Sea Sense is checking for shark activity before you go to the beach.

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

03 December 2018

Shark ADVICE for Floreat Beach and Warnbro Sound

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 3 December 2018 at 2:58pm

Services to the Shark Monitoring Network satellite-linked receiver at Warnbro Sound has been achieved.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has restored the Shark Monitoring Network to full operational status.