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Shark WARNING for Cable Beach near Broome

Shark WARNING for Cable Beach near Broome

11 December 2020

Update on 11th December 2020 at 3:00pm

Fisheries officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) will now resume routine operational patrols within the Cable Beach area on Saturday 12th December.  

DPIRD recommends additional caution at Cable Beach and the surrounding area. 

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 11th December 2020 at 10:05am

The Shire of Broome has reopened Cable Beach as of 08:00am this morning.

There have been no further shark sightings since 08:14am yesterday.

Fisheries Officers from Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will continue patrols throughout today and Saturday 12th December.

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 10th December 2020 at 10:00am

A shark fin was sighted off Cable Beach this morning at 08:14am.

The Shire of Broome has extended the closure of Cable Beach until at least 08:00am tomorrow the 11th December.

Land based patrols by Fisheries Officers from Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will continue throughout the day.

Due to poor weather conditions it is not possible to carry out sea based patrols.

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 9th December 2020 at 3:20pm

Land based patrols by Fisheries Officers from Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will continue this afternoon and will recommence tomorrow morning.

Due to poor weather conditions it is not possible to carry out sea based patrols.

Cable Beach will remain closed by the Shire of Broome.

There have been no further shark sightings in the Cable Beach area.

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 9th December 08:45am

Alert level:

A shark WARNING has been issued for Cable Beach in in the Shire of Broome after a suspected interaction with a shark at Cable beach was reported at 07:00am this morning the 9th of December.

Situation:

  • A male surfer reported being bumped off his board and his board also bitten by a suspected shark whilst surfing approximately 50m offshore from the Cable Beach Surf Club.
  • Cable Beach has now been closed by the Shire of Broome.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Cable Beach 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 Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is working with local authorities to coordinate responses.

DPIRD fisheries officers will be conducting patrols of the beach. It is not possible to conduct water patrols due to the approach of a low pressure system.

The Shire of Broome have closed the beach until further notice. 

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.

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