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Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network – Lefthanders Surf Break, Gracetown

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network – Lefthanders Surf Break, Gracetown

25 August 2020

Update on 25/08/20 at 12:44 am

Services have been restored to the Lefthanders Surf Break Shark Monitoring Network receiver.

The network is now fully operational. 

Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter.

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

Alert Issued on 23 August 2020

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued for Gracetown water users, due to a partial outage in the Shark Monitoring Network at the Lefthanders surf break.

Situation:

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) advise that tagged shark detections from Shark Monitoring Network satellite-linked receiver located at Lefthanders surf break is currently offline.
  • This is the only receiver out of service and the remainder of the Shark Monitoring Network has not been affected. 
  • The remainder of the system is fully operational. 
  • The Lefthanders surf break receiver has broken free from its mooring and is out of operation until further notice.
  • Restoration of the service will require a maintenance crew to replace the receiver.
  • Extra caution is advised for water users in this location.

What to do:

  • Adhere to any beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Use your Sea Sense and stay informed by checking for shark activity on the SharkSmart website, SharkSmart WA app 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 land managers and relevant authorities and to the public on the SharkSmart website, SharkSmart WA app 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.

DPIRD will be working to restore the system to full operational status as soon as possible. 

Extra information: 

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 – 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 mitigation strategies in place.  See www.sharksmart.com.au for additional information.

 

 

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