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Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network – Bunker Bay

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network – Bunker Bay

26 October 2020

Update on 26 October at 10:57am

System testing of the shark monitoring receivers at Bunker Bay has confirmed that the technical fault has been resolved.

DPIRD has been manually monitoring the receivers and there has been no missed detections over the weekend.

The Shark Monitoring 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 October 

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued for Bunker Bay water users, due to a partial outage in the Shark Monitoring Network affecting both receivers in Bunker Bay.

Situation:

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) advise that tagged shark detections from Shark Monitoring Network receivers located at Bunker Bay are currently offline.
  • These are the only receivers out of service and the remainder of the Shark Monitoring Network has not been affected. 
  • The Bunker Bay receivers have a technical fault which is currently being investigated. 

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Bunker Bay area.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or 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 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 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 Monitoring Network forms part of a range of shark mitigation strategies in place.  See www.sharksmart.com.au for additional information.

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