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Shark ADVICE for the Shark Notification System – Twitter Service30 August 2023
Update on 30 August at 3:00pm
The technical fault impacting shark activity information from being automatically published on Surf Life Saving WA’s (SLSWA) Twitter feed has been partially restored.
Tagged shark detections from the Shark Monitoring Network are now being automatically published on @SLSWA Twitter feed.
Reported shark sightings continue to be affected by the fault.
All reported shark sighting notifications and tagged shark detections are available by checking the SharkSmart website or by downloading the SharkSmart WA app.
If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600.
Alert issued on 19 July
A shark ADVICE has been issued for Western Australian water users, due to a technical fault which is impacting the publishing of tagged shark detections and reported shark sighting information to the Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) Twitter feed.
- A technical fault was identified that has caused the shark notification system to cease automatic reporting of shark sightings and tagged shark detections to the SLSWA Twitter feed.
- Reported shark sightings and tagged shark detections are still available by checking the SharkSmart website, or downloading the SharkSmart WA app.
- SLSWA Twitter is the only service impacted by the fault.
- The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) are liaising with service providers to restore the system as soon as possible.
What to do:
- Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers, Parks and Wildlife Service officers or Surf Life Saving WA.
- Use your Sea Sense and stay informed by checking for shark activity on the SharkSmart website and SharkSmart WA app.
- If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to land managers and relevant authorities and to the public on the SharkSmart website and SharkSmart WA app.
What authorities are doing:
The relevant authorities that receive shark notifications to assist them in responses have been notified of the outage; including the Surf Life Saving WA, WA Police and relevant local government rangers.
DPIRD is working with service providers to restore the system to full operational status as soon as possible.
Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website – www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter – www.twitter.com/SLSWA. Check www.sharksmart.com.au/news for updates to this alert and to view other warnings and media releases.
The Shark Notification System forms part of a range of shark mitigation strategies in place. See www.sharksmart.com.au for additional information.