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News & Alerts

20 July 2015

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Notification System

Current Alerts and Warnings

UPDATE AT 17:41 hours 27/07/2015: Fisheries advise services to Shark Monitoring Network receivers located at Scarborough and 2.5km off Mullaloo have resumed as normal..

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

• Two Shark Monitoring Network receivers – one located at Scarborough and the second located 2.5kms off Mullalloo – are currently offline.
• All other receivers in the network remain fully operational.

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

24 June 2015

Possible Shark INCIDENT at Denmark, near Surf Club

Current Alerts and Warnings



The Department of Fisheries is currently assisting WA Police with a possible shark incident involving a 37 year-old Denmark woman, at Ocean Beach off Western Australia’s south coast this morning.


It’s understood the woman was surfing with her husband when her board was struck by a large marine creature, believed to be a shark. The woman has sustained minor injuries.


Department of Fisheries scientists have assessed the pictures of the damage to the board provided by WA Police and give the advice that, while it is not possible to provide a conclusive determination, it is very likely the damage was caused by a shark. There is no evidence, however, to suggest size or species

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
02 April 2015

Keep alert in the marine environment over Easter

Current Alerts and Warnings

With an Easter long weekend and school holidays commencing, people out on the water are reminded to stay alert and safe in the marine environment and to keep a check on the shark sighting and detection reports; available through the SharkSmart website and the Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) Twitter service.

23 March 2015

Additional caution urged for water users in the Bunbury area

Current Alerts and Warnings

Department of Fisheries is advising water users in the Bunbury area to exercise additional caution after the stranding of a number of long-finned pilot whales in the Bunbury Harbour vicinity today.

23 February 2015

Shark Monitoring Network Services Fully Restored

Current Alerts and Warnings

Fisheries advise Shark Monitoring Network Services have resumed as normal following a reported outage earlier today.  

No shark detections were missed during the outage.





31 December 2014

Shark capture order rescinded for Cheynes Beach

Current Alerts and Warnings

The Department of Fisheries Acting Director General, Dr Rick Fletcher, has rescinded the catch order for a white shark suspected to be responsible for a fatal attack off Cheynes Beach, near Bald Island, close to Albany.

30 December 2014

Department of Fisheries surveillance for white shark to continue at Cheynes Beach

Current Alerts and Warnings

The Department of Fisheries will continue to undertake surveillance in an effort to catch a shark at Cheynes Beach, near Bald Island off the coast of Albany, following a fatal incident which claimed the life of a young man on Monday.

29 December 2014

Beaches remain closed at Cheynes Beach today

Current Alerts and Warnings

Beaches will remain closed at Cheynes Beach, about 60 kilometres east of Albany, today after a fatal shark incident yesterday which claimed the life of a young man.