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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.

18 February 2019

Seabed receivers to track white shark movements in WA

Media Release
  • 240 seabed receivers to be used in SMART drumline trial to track fine-scale movements of tagged sharks
  • Seabed monitors are in addition to three new real-time tagged shark detection receivers deployed in Gracetown
  • Non-lethal SMART drumline trial to get underway before the end of this month 
18 February 2019

WA shark alarm technology to be used during SMART drumline trial

Media Release
  • McGowan Government to install nine new alarms with lights and sirens along the Gracetown coast
  • The alarms will let beachgoers know when there is SMART drumline trial activity
  • Built by a Perth company, Spectur, the alarms provide prompt, localised information 
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.

27 January 2019

Non-lethal SMART drumline trial to start next month

Media Release
  • Scientific trial to catch, tag and relocate sharks will commence in February and run for 15 months
  • Contractor appointed to operate the non-lethal drumlines
  • Training for the contractor will occur ahead of the full deployment of the drumlines 
  • Chief Scientist to begin independent scientific evaluation 12 months into the trial 
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.

09 January 2019

More than 3,000 Western Australian surfers and divers boost their personal protection

Media Release
  • Surfers and divers take personal responsibility through McGowan Government’s world-first program
  • Just under 500 more shark deterrent device rebates now available
  • There are two scientifically proven devices available through the program 
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.

23 December 2018

500 more personal shark deterrent devices for surfers and divers available

Media Release
  • Subsidies on WA’s world-first personal shark deterrent program expanded
  • An additional $100,000 will deliver 500 more devices to help keep people safe
  • The devices are part of the strategy to bring more sea sense to WA beaches