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Shark ADVICE for the Shark Monitoring Network

Shark ADVICE for the Shark Monitoring Network

15 October 2018

Update on 15 October at 11am

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has identified and resolved a temporary outage to the Shark Monitoring Network through last night. 

This outage was as a result of an internal internet communication issue.

All aspects of WA's shark notification system are now fully operational.

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

Alert level:

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

Situation:

  • Since late Sunday evening the Shark Monitoring Network has been experiencing an outage, due to technical issues.
  • This outage prevents notification of detections of tagged sharks on the network.
  • The reporting and notification of public shark sightings is not affected.
  • Information and updates can still be manually posted to SharkSmart to keep the public informed.

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 is working to restore the 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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