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Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network – Kelp Beds near Esperance

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network – Kelp Beds near Esperance

31 March 2021

Update on 31/03/2021 at 11:24am

Services have been restored to the Kelp Beds 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 level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued for Esperance water users, due to a partial outage in the Shark Monitoring Network at Kelp Beds.

Situation:

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) advise that tagged shark detections from Shark Monitoring Network receiver located at Kelp Beds is 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 four receivers located off Esperance. The West Beach and two Twilight Beach receivers remain operational. 
  • The Kelp Beds receiver has a technical fault and is out of operation until further notice.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Kelp Beds area.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers, Parks and Wildlife Service officers 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 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. Repairs are expected to be carried out on the receiver as soon as possible, weather permitting. 

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 updates to this alert and to view other warnings and media releases.

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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