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Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network

05 February 2019

Update on 10 February at 11.40am

When the 5 February update was issued, there was an error because it overlooked the fact that the Shark Monitoring Network satellite-linked receiver at Ellen Cove was off-line due a technical fault, which had caused an unrelated outage on 4 February. Please note the Ellen Cove receiver was returned to service this morning and the Shark Monitoring Network is now fully operational again.

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

Update on 5 February at 11.20am:

The system outage for the Shark Monitoring Network has now been resolved and is back on line. The Shark Notification System is 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.

Alert issued on 5 February

Alert Level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued for Western Australian water users, due to a system outage for the Shark Monitoring Network.

Situation:

  • Officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development are working with the service provider of the Shark Monitoring Network to facilitate some urgent technical work that needs to be done by the service provider.
  • The system outage is expected to run for about two hours and will affect all 30 tagged-shark detection receivers in the Shark Monitoring Network.
  • As soon as the work is completed, the Shark Monitoring Network will be promptly returned full operational status.
  • Public shark sighting reports and reports from the Surf Life Saving WA helicopter patrols are not affected and being published as normal through the Shark Notification System.

What to do:

  • Adhere to any beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Keep informed of the latest shark 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 for the tagged shark detection service; including the Surf Life Saving WA, WA Police and relevant local government rangers.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will be monitoring the progress of the service work, to ensure the Shark Monitoring Network tagged-shark detection system is made fully operational 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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