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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.

22 September 2018

Shark ADVICE for The Cut beach, near Bunbury

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 24 September at 1.35pm

The humpback whale carcass that came ashore on The Cut beach, north of Bunbury, has been removed. This has been confirmed today by Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

Please note that additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, as any residue from where the whale carcass was beached may still attract sharks to the area.

Water users should adhere to beach closures advised by local government rangers and check the SharkSmart Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to their local beaches. 

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

18 September 2018

Shark ADVICE for Bush Bay Beach near Carnarvon

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Bush Bay Beach in the Shire of Carnarvon.

15 September 2018

Shark ADVICE for Herald Bight, Denham

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 17 September at 4.55pm

As an update to yesterday's report, a whale carcass has now been confirmed by Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. It was located at 2:00pm. 

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

Water users should adhere to beach closures advised by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and people should exercise additional caution in the area.

Check the SharkSmart Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to your local beach. 

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

15 September 2018

Shark ADVICE for Preston Beach, south of Mandurah

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 16 September at 11am

An inspection of Preston Beach this morning by Waroona Rangers has not been able to locate the dolphin carcass that was reported to have come ashore yesterday.

Additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, as the carcass may have been washed back into the ocean and may still attract sharks to the area.

Water users should adhere to beach closures advised by local government rangers and check the SharkSmart Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to their local beaches. 

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

13 September 2018

Community to have their say on SMART drumline trial

Media Release
  • Community feedback welcomed on non-lethal SMART drumline trial and extension of Shark Monitoring Network in Gracetown area
  • Community to decide locations of SMART drumlines and satellite-receivers 
  • Online consultation opens today until October 10, 2018

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly is inviting the community to go online and have their say about the non-lethal SMART drumline trial in Gracetown and extension of the Shark Monitoring Network in the Capes region. 

09 September 2018

Shark ADVICE for Outer Harbour Beach, Bunbury

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 10 September at 5.58pm

The City of Bunbury has now removed the carcass of a Humpback whale from Outer Harbour Beach, Bunbury.

Additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, as any residue from where the whale carcass was beached may still attract sharks to the area.

Water users should adhere to beach closures, warnings and any other relevant information advised by local government rangers and check the SharkSmart Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to their local beaches. 

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

06 September 2018

Shark ADVICE for White Point Reef area near Dongara

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported 500 metres offshore and 350 metres south east of White Point Reef.

03 September 2018

Shark ADVICE for Horrocks in the Shire of Northampton

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a residue from a removed whale carcass at Whiting Pool in Horrocks, in the Shire of Northampton.

31 August 2018

State-funded lifesaving helicopter lifts off to enhance ocean safety

Media Release
  • McGowan Government funds $3.4m for beach patrols this season
  • Aerial patrols form part of WA’s comprehensive shark mitigation strategy
  • Formal community consultation on SMART drumline trial set to start 
  • McGowan Government to extend shark monitoring network in the South-West 
29 August 2018

Shark ADVICE for Hamelin Bay near Augusta

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 29 August at 2.05pm

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions staff have now removed the carcass of a killer whale from Hamelin Bay, north of the boat ramp.

Additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, as any residue from where the whale carcass was beached may still attract sharks to the area.

Water users should adhere to beach closures advised by local government rangers and check the SharkSmart Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to their local beaches. 

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