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Shark ADVICE for Smiths Beach shark monitoring receiver29 November 2017
Update on 4 December at 12.35pm:
• The satellite-linked receiver fault at Smiths Beach has been repaired
• The Shark Monitoring Network is now fully functional
Alert issued 29 November:
A shark ADVICE has been issued for Western Australian water users due to a partial outage in the shark notification system.
- The satellite-linked receiver at Smiths Beach, south of Yallingup, has a fault and is not in service.
- This is the only receiver out of service and the remainder of the network is fully functional.
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 as all receivers other than Smiths Beach are fully operational.
- 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 system to full operational status as soon as possible.
Once operational, public advice will be provided. 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.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development comprises the former departments of Agriculture and Food, Fisheries and Regional Development, together with the staff of the Regional Development Commissions.