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Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network – Cottesloe23 September 2019
Update on 23 September at 10:15am
System maintenance affecting the Shark Monitoring Network receiver located at Cottesloe Beach has been successfully completed.
The Shark Monitoring Network is now fully operational.
Bring your Sea Sense to the beach. Stay informed of the latest detections and sighting information by checking the Shark Activity Map on the SharkSmart website – www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity or the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter – twitter.com/SLSWA.
The Shark Notification System forms part of a range of shark hazard mitigation strategies in place. See www.sharksmart.com.au for additional information.
Alert issued on 17 September at 11:00am
A shark ADVICE has been issued for Town of Cottesloe water users, due to a partial outage in the shark notification system at Cottesloe beach.
- The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development advise that tagged shark detections from Shark Monitoring Network satellite-linked receiver located at Cottesloe are currently offline.
- This is the only receiver out of service and the remainder of the Shark Monitoring Network has not been affected.
- The remainder of the system is fully operational.
- The Cottesloe receiver has a technical fault and is out of operation until further notice.
- Restoration of the service will require a maintenance crew to undertake the required repairs.
- Extra caution is advised for water users in this location.
What to do:
- Adhere to any beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
- Use your Sea Sense and stay informed by checking for shark activity on the SharkSmart website 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 and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
What authorities are doing:
The relevant authorities that receive Shark Notification System alerts to assist them in responses have been notified of the outage; including the Surf Life Saving WA, WA Police and relevant local government rangers.
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will be working to restore the system to full operational status as soon as possible. Repairs are expected to be carried out on the receiver within the next week, weather permitting.
Bring your Sea Sense to the beach. Stay informed by checking the Shark Activity Map on the SharkSmart website – www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity or the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter – twitter.com/SLSWA. Check www.sharksmart.com/news for current alerts and warnings.
The Shark Notification System forms part of a range of shark mitigation strategies in place. See www.sharksmart.com.au for additional information.