News and Alerts
Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network – Scarborough01 September 2020
A shark ADVICE has been issued for Scarborough water users, due to a partial outage in the Shark Monitoring Network at Scarborough beach.
- The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) advise that tagged shark detections from Shark Monitoring Network satellite-linked receiver located at 1.5km off Scarborough are currently offline.
- This is the only receiver out of service and the remainder of the Shark Monitoring Network has not been affected.
- This is one of three receivers located off Scarborough. Both the inshore and 2km offshore receivers remain operational.
- The Scarborough receiver located 1.5km offshore 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.
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.