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Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network Outage

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network Outage

20 August 2021

Update on 20 August 2021 at 10:00am

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) would like to advise the system outage of the Shark Monitoring Network has now been restored. However please note, Busselton's receiver remains offline.

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.

Update on 19 August 2021 at 11:00am

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) are continuing to liaise with our external service provider to restore the current system outage affecting the Shark Monitoring Network.

The system outage is affecting 32 receivers in the Shark Monitoring Network. However, digital receivers located at Bunker Bay’s East and West are still operational.

Reported shark sightings are not affected by this outage and will be published as normal through the Shark Notification System.

A further update will be provided when the system outage has been restored. 

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 the 18th August 2021

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued for Western Australian water users (excluding Bunker Bay’s East and West digital receivers), due to an unplanned system outage affecting the Shark Monitoring Network.

Situation:

  • Due to an unplanned system outage, tagged shark detections from the Shark Monitoring Network are currently offline, and are expected to remain offline for approximately 12 - 16 hours
  • The system outage is affecting 32 receivers in the Shark Monitoring Network.
  • Reported shark sightings are not affected by this outage and will be published as normal through the Shark Notification System.

 What to do:

  • Beach users are advised to take additional caution.
  • 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 affecting tagged shark detections; including the Surf Life Saving WA, WA Police and relevant local government rangers.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is 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 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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