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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.

09 May 2016

Our State Budget 2016-17: Funding commitment to address shark hazard

Media Release
  • $1.54 million to continue world-class shark hazard mitigation program
  • $400,000 for more beach enclosures
07 April 2016

New insight into white shark behaviour

Media Release
  • ​Research data released from nearly 180,000 detections of tagged sharks
  • Tagged sharks monitored by satellite-linked and data-recording receivers
  • Information helps to build picture of shark movements in WA 
20 July 2015

Locations for next beach enclosures announced

Media Release

• Sorrento Beach in the north and Middleton Beach in Albany to get funding for new swimming enclosures
• In addition to enclosures already funded for Dunsborough and Busselton
• Brings the total number of State Government-funded enclosures in WA to four

17 June 2015

Shark research yields promising results

Media Release
  • ​Three State Government-funded research projects on shark detection and deterrents recently completed
  • Existing and novel shark deterrents tested on a range of species in the wild
  • Development of advanced visual shark detection system
22 December 2014

Shark capture order rescinded

Media Release

Following a significant reduction in the rate of detections of the high hazard shark within Warnbro Sound, Department of Fisheries Acting Director General, Dr Rick Fletcher has rescinded the catch order.

21 November 2014

A timely reminder to report shark sightings to Water Police

Media Release

This week’s footage of a white shark bumping a recreational fishing vessel off the Perth Metropolitan coast, which was widely covered by the media, was not reported to authorities and the Department of Fisheries is reminding people to report shark sightings to Water Police.

26 September 2014

More patrols, second shark barrier for South-West

Media Release

Aerial patrols of South-West beaches by Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) will start eight weeks earlier than planned, Premier Colin Barnett announced today.

17 June 2014

Review recommends drum lines stay for 3 years

Media Release

A comprehensive review of the Western Australian Government’s drum line program has found it had significantly less environmental impact than other shark control programs around the world.

07 May 2014

Figures support shark mitigation strategy

Media Release

The State Government’s shark mitigation policy is successfully restoring confidence among Western Australian beachgoers and greatly contributing to the scientific knowledge about shark behaviour, Fisheries Minister Ken Baston said today.

18 February 2014

Government releases shark catch data

Media Release

The State Government has released details of the first three weeks of its new drum line initiative, part of a $23million shark hazard mitigation program.