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News and Alerts

21 April 2022

Three new next-gen shark monitoring receivers installed on Busselton Jetty

Media Release
  • Three new generation shark monitoring receivers installed on Busselton Jetty to boost beach safety
  • McGowan Government committed to upgrading all receivers to the new technology
05 April 2022

April holidays mean keeping your Sea Sense in mind for coastal safety

Media Release

With school holidays fast approaching and Easter on the way, there’ll be many families making getaways this April in Western Australia.

16 March 2022

New WA-made device added to Shark Deterrent Rebate scheme

Media Release
  • $200 rebate to be extended to scientifically proven, locally made Rpela v2 surf device
  • More than 7,000 rebates already claimed for personal shark deterrent devices
  • McGowan Government investing in shark mitigation
05 March 2022

Think Sea Sense when the salmon schools show up at your beach

Media Release
  • Ocean users are urged to put safety first and avoid large schools of fish
  • Salmon aggregations can attract sharks closer to shore
  • Report shark sightings and check the SharkSmart WA app for activity in your area
13 February 2022

New rules to stop recreational shark fishing off Port and Leighton beaches

Media Release
  • McGowan Government takes further steps to improve shark hazard mitigation and public safety at Perth beaches 
  • New restrictions to prohibit use of wire traces used for recreational shark fishing
02 December 2021

Safe ocean swimming for Esperance this summer

Media Release
  • McGowan Government has allocated $400,000 for a beach enclosure in Esperance
  • Shire of Esperance to manage and operate the enclosure
  • Esperance beach enclosure an important addition to the McGowan Government's comprehensive $17 million shark mitigation strategy
18 November 2021

Cottesloe’s beachside shark warning towers are ready for summer

Media Release
  • Shark Warning towers use lights, sirens and audio alerts to notify shark activity
  • 10 beachside shark warning towers have been fully automated to link with receivers
  • McGowan Government is committed to making WA beaches as safe as possible 
17 October 2021

Shark Warning System upgrade to boost safety

Media Release
  • WA's beachside shark warning towers to be automatically triggered as tagged sharks are detected
  • McGowan Government is committed to making WA beaches safe
  • Automation program forms part of WA's $17 million world-leading shark mitigation strategy 
24 September 2021

Chapman Valley leads northern rollout of McGowan Government’s BEN sign program

Media Release
  • McGowan Government initiative working to improve beach safety along the WA coast
  • Chapman Valley the first Shire to share in $600,000 of available grant funding for the northern rollout of the BEN sign program
  • BEN signs provide vital support to first responders to emergencies and form part of the State Government's comprehensive shark mitigation strategy 
04 September 2021

Shark patrols underway as State Budget provides funding certainty

Media Release
  • Surf Life Saving WA shark mitigation services funded until 2024-25 in State Budget
  • Weekend patrols begin for Perth and South-West helicopters this weekend
  • $12 million allocation in State Budget providing comprehensive beach and aerial patrols, integrated communication systems and jet ski response team