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Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network

20 May 2022

Update on 20 May at 9:20am

Services have been restored to the Shark Monitoring Network.

The shark monitoring receivers located at 3.5km off Trigg and Ocean Reef remain 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. 

Alert issued on 19 May 

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued for Western Australian water users, due to a system outage affecting the Shark Monitoring Network.

Situation:

  • The Shark Monitoring Network is experiencing intermittent technical issues which may impact the delivery of tagged shark detection information.  
  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) are liaising with the external service provider to restore the system as soon as possible. 
  • Reported shark sightings are not affected by this outage and will be published as normal through the Shark Notification System.

What to do:

  • 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 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 with the external service provider 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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