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Shark ADVICE for Scarborough's inshore shark monitoring receiver

Shark ADVICE for Scarborough's inshore shark monitoring receiver

17 February 2019

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

Alert issued on 15 February

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued for Perth metropolitan waters users, due to a partial outage in the Shark Monitoring Network inshore receiver, adjacent to Scarborough Beach.

Situation:

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development advise tagged shark detections from the Shark Monitoring Network satellite-linked receiver located in inshore waters, adjacent to Scarborough Beach is currently offline.
  • This is the only receiver out of service and the remainder of the Shark Monitoring Network has not been affected. In particular, the SMN receivers located 1.5kms and 2kms offshore from Scarborough remain operational.
  • The inshore receiver at Scarborough is out of order until further notice.
  • The department is investigating the fault and repairs will require a maintenance crew to assess the full extent of the work required. 
  • Extra caution is advised for water users in this location.

What to do:

  • Adhere to any beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed. 

What authorities are doing: 
The relevant authorities that receive Shark Notification System alerts to assist them in responses have been notified of the outage; including the Surf Life Saving WA, WA Police and relevant local government rangers.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will be working to restore the network system to full operational status as soon as possible. 

Extra information: 
Keep informed of the latest detection 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.

Check www.sharksmart.com.au/news for current alerts and warnings.

The Shark Notification System forms part of a range of shark hazard mitigation strategies in place. See www.sharksmart.com.au for additional information.

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