News & Alerts
Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network – Cowaramup Bay, Gracetown30 August 2023
Update on 30 August at 2:25pm
Services have been restored to the Cowaramup Bay (north) and Cowaramup Bay (south) Shark Monitoring Network receivers. 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 issued on 16 April
A shark ADVICE has been issued for Gracetown water users, due to a partial outage in the Shark Monitoring Network at Cowaramup Bay.
- The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) advise that tagged shark detections from Shark Monitoring Network receivers located at Cowaramup Bay are currently offline.
- Both the Cowaramup Bay (north) and Cowaramup Bay (south) receivers are out of service and the remainder of the Shark Monitoring Network has not been affected.
- DPIRD staff are investigating the fault.
What to do:
- Take additional caution in the Gracetown 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.
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.