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Shark WARNING for Salmon Bay at Rottnest Island20 July 2021
Update on 20 July 2021 at 3:40pm
Rottnest Island Authority Rangers have reopened beaches between Parker Point and Green Island.
Fisheries officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) conducted sea based patrols in the area.
There have been no further shark sightings in the Salmon Bay 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 19 July 2021.
A shark WARNING has been issued for Salmon Bay on Rottnest Island in the City of Cockburn after an interaction with a shark at Chickens Surf Break was reported at 3.00pm today (Monday 19 July 2021).
- To reduce the threat to people, Salmon Bay has now been closed by the Rottnest Island Authority and will remain closed until 3.00pm on Tuesday 20 July 2021 when Rottnest Island Rangers will reassess the situation.
- At 12.30pm today, a surfer was knocked from his board by a 3m white shark at Chickens surf break, located at Salmon Bay, Rottnest.
- Surfer recovered his board and swam safely to the shore with no injuries and no damage to his board.
- Initial report was third hand by the Rottnest Ranger, however following further enquiries, surfer was found and he reported the incident to Water Police at 3pm.
- DPIRD's Shark Operations Manager confirmed the details and commenced shark incident response with Rottnest Authority Rangers
What to do:
- Rangers have closed the beach between Parker Point and Green Island for a period of 24 hours
- Adhere to beach closures advised by the Rottnest Island Authority.
- 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.
- Rangers report there are currently no swimmers/surfers in the area.
- Rangers will remain in the area until dark.
- PV Hamelin will commence patrols in the area tomorrow morning, subject to weather.
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 current alerts and warnings.