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News and Alerts

29 January 2021

Shark ADVICE for Meelup Beach near Dunsborough

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 29th January 2021 2:39pm

Rangers from the City of Busselton and Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have successfully removed the whale carcass from Meelup Beach.

The beach remains closed by Surf Life Saving WA and the City of Busselton until 9 am tomorrow morning 30th January 2021.

Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter.

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

28 January 2021

Shark WARNING for Meelup Beach

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 28 January 2021 at 12:37 pm

DPIRD recommends additional caution from Bunker Bay to Meelup Beach in the Cape Naturaliste area due to increased shark activity.

A tagged white shark has been detected multiple times between the 26th of January and the 28th of January 2021. 

There have also been shark sightings from the Surf Life Saving Helicopter in the area recently.

It is possible that the frequency and duration of the recent detections and sightings may increase the likelihood of encountering a shark in the area.

Water users are urged to adhere to local beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers and Surf Life Saving WA. 

Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter.

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

25 January 2021

Funding boost for Surfing WA to help keep wave chasers safe

Media Release
  • $119,000 over three years will help improve surfer rescue skills and keep events safe
  • The funding will also deliver a new jet ski and an extra hi-tech drone for Surfing WA
  • The McGowan Government is committed to keep WA on the world surfing map 
16 January 2021

Shark INCIDENT for Blackwall Reach in Bicton

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 16th January at 7:00am

The beaches between Bicton Baths and Point Walter in the City of Melville and the beach at Chidley Point in the Town of Mosman Park have now been re-opened.

Fisheries Officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) will continue to conduct patrols in the Blackwall Reach area during today. 

DPIRD recommends additional caution at Blackwall Reach and the surrounding area. 

Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter.

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

14 January 2021

Possible shark INCIDENT at Blackwall Reach near Bicton

Current Alerts and Warnings

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) are currently investigating a possible shark bite incident at Blackwall Reach in Bicton.

05 January 2021

Shark ADVICE for Peppermint Grove Beach Bunbury

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 6th January 2021 at 11:11am

The Shire of Capel have now reopened Peppermint Grove Beach south of Bunbury.

Additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development as residues from the whale carcass may attract sharks to the area.

Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter.

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

05 January 2021

Shark WARNING for Meelup Beach

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 5 January 2021 at 9:28 am

DPIRD recommends additional caution in the Meelup Beach area after a tagged white shark has continued to be detected between 30 December 2020 and 5 January 2021.

It is possible that the frequency and duration of the recent detections may increase the likelihood of encountering a shark in the area.

Water users are urged to adhere to local beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers and Surf Life Saving WA. 

Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter.

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

31 December 2020

Shark WARNING for Mullaloo Beach in the City of Joondalup

Current Alerts and Warnings

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A shark WARNING has been issued for the Mullaloo Beach and Three Mile Reef in the Marmion Marine Park after an increased number of reported shark detections.

24 December 2020

BEN signs to aid safety at beaches in the State’s north

Media Release
  • McGowan Government offers BEN sign grants to 12 northern shires
  • Up to $600,000 available to shires for signage
  • BEN signs vital in supporting first responders in beach emergencies
24 December 2020

Shark ADVICE for Yeagarup Beach near Windy Harbour

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 24 December at 08:50 am.

Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have inspected Yeagarup Beach and the whale carcass is no longer present on the beach.

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.

Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter.

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