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Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network – Busselton Receiver

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network – Busselton Receiver

14 July 2021

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued for Geographe Bay water users, due to an outage affecting the Shark Monitoring Network receiver off Busselton.

Situation:

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) advise that tagged shark detections from Shark Monitoring Network receiver located at Busselton is currently offline.
  • This is the only receiver out of service and the remainder of the Shark Monitoring Network has not been affected. 
  • The Busselton receiver has a technical fault and is out of operation until further notice.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Busselton 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. 

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. 

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