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Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network – Esperance

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network – Esperance

01 July 2022

Update on 1 July at 11:55am

Upgrades to the Esperance shark monitoring receivers have been completed and are now operational. The Ocean Reef and 3.5km off Trigg receivers remain offline.

Switch on you 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 30 June 2022

Alert level:

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

Situation:

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) advise that the Shark Monitoring Network in the Shire of Esperance will be upgraded on 30 June and 1 July. 
  • The upgrade includes all four Esperance receivers – Kelp Beds, West Beach and Twilight Beach North and South.
  • Each receiver will be offline for approximately one hour while being upgraded. During each outage period, manual monitoring will take place.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Esperance 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 Esperance receivers 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 – www.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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