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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

Alert level:

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.

11 December 2020

Shark WARNING for Perth Metropolitan Beaches

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 11 December at 4:45pm 

Officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) continue to monitor the level of shark sightings and tagged shark detections.  

Water users including recreational abalone fishers are reminded to take additional caution along Perth Metropolitan Beaches and to adhere to local beach closures.

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.

11 December 2020

Shark WARNING for Cable Beach near Broome

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 11th December 2020 at 3:00pm

Fisheries officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) will now resume routine operational patrols within the Cable Beach area on Saturday 12th December.  

DPIRD recommends additional caution at Cable Beach 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.