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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 August 2016

Shark ADVICE for Bloodwood Creek in the Ningaloo Marine Park

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass that has come ashore at Bloodwood Creek in the Ningaloo Marine Park, south of the Town of Exmouth.

12 August 2016

Shark WARNING for the coast Hillarys to Scarborough

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
As we head into a weekend of great weather for using the water, the Department of Fisheries is reminding people a shark WARNING remains in place for the northern suburbs of the Perth Metropolitan area, for beaches, surf and dive spots, between Hillarys Boat Harbour and Scarborough after high numbers of shark sightings reported in recent weeks.

06 August 2016

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Notification System at Busselton and Floreat

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update: 1.15pm, 6 August 2016

Fisheries advise that the Leighton Shark Monitoring Network satellite-linked receiver is back online. However, the Floreat satellite linked receiver is now offline. Busselton receiver also remains offline.

  • The Department of Fisheries is investigating the faults.
  • Water users should assume that both are off-line until the faults have been resolved.
  • The remainder of the system is fully operational.

Previous information at 10.15am, 6 August 2016

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued for Western Australian water users due to a partial outage in the shark notification system.

31 July 2016

Shark WARNING for the coast between Hillarys and Trigg

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for water users in the Northern suburbs of Perth Metropolitan area, for beaches, surf and dive spots between Hillarys Boat Harbour and Trigg Point after an increased number of shark sightings in recent weeks.

31 July 2016

Shark ADVICE for Cowaramup

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update: 5.05pm, 1 August 2016
The whale calf stranded inside Left Handers surf break at Cowaramup on Sunday 31 July has been washed out to sea and searches of the area have failed to locate it or the other whales that were in the vicinity.

  • Authorities will continue to look for the whale in the coastal area near Cowaramup.
  • It is possible the whale may wash ashore in another location and act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore.

Department of Fisheries advice for this update is for water users to continue to take additional caution near Cowaramup and other beaches in the area between Capes Naturaliste and Leeuwin.

Previous information at 31 July, 2016

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued, due to a whale being washed ashore inside Left Handers surf break Cowaramup.

31 July 2016

Shark ADVICE for Geographe Bay near Dolphin Road Busselton

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update: 5.20pm, 1 August 2016
The whale carcass washed ashore in Geographe Bay near Dolphin road Busselton on Sunday 31 July has been removed from the beach.

  • The carcass was removed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife on the afternoon of Sunday 31 July.
  • Some residue from the carcass has remained in the sand and an oil slick is stretching out to sea from the beach. This residue is likely to remain for several days and it possible it will continue to act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore.

Department of Fisheries advice for this update is for water users to continue to take additional caution in Geographe Bay.

Previous information at 31 July, 2016

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued, due to a whale carcass being washed ashore in Geographe Bay near Dolphin road Busselton

28 July 2016

Shark WARNING for Possession Point near Albany

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for Possession Point near Albany, after an interaction with a shark 200metres offshore was reported early this afternoon.

26 July 2016

Shark ADVICE for Bowes River mouth near Horrocks

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a humpback whale carcass being washed up approximately 200metres south of the Bowes River mouth.

The area is very popular with both surfers and fishermen, and is also only 6km south of the town of Horrocks. 

25 July 2016

Shark ADVICE for Perth Metro beaches

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a confirmed shark sighting at a number of beaches Swanbourne, Floreat and City Beach today. A whale, believed to be a Southern Right Whale, was seen travelling close to the beaches being followed by a white shark. A number of shark sightings have also been reported at Mettam’s Pool Beach and North Beach over the last two days.

22 July 2016

Shark ADVICE for Shoalwater Bay near Rockingham

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update: 10am, 25 July 2016
Fisheries advise Shoalwater Bay beach has been re-opened today, following the removal of the whale carcass late Saturday.

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at the sandbar between Seal Island and the mainland, approximately 500 metres off shore from Shoalwater Bay in the City of Rockingham.