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Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Notification System

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Notification System

02 May 2019

Update on 2 May 2019 at 1pm

The partial system outage for the Shark Monitoring Network, relating to the Smiths Beach satellite-linked receiver has now been resolved. The VR4 monitoring buoy has been reconnected to its mooring. The Shark Monitoring Network is fully operational.

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 level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued for Smiths Beach due to a partial system outage affecting the shark monitoring network.

Situation:

  • A public report was received at approximately 6pm today advising the VR4 receiver had washed ashore near Smiths Beach.
  • It is likely that recent heavy swells and inclement weather have caused the mooring equipment to break free.
  • Tagged sharks will not be detected in this area due to the damaged receiver.
  • All other receivers are currently operational and shark sighting reports in this area will be reported through Sharksmart and Twitter.

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: 

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) staff will attend at first light tomorrow morning to assess the situation. 

DPIRD will be 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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