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News and Alerts

12 May 2021

Boost for white shark tagging and monitoring in expanded mitigation program

Media Release
  • McGowan Government commits a further $5 million for shark hazard mitigation
  • Increased funding for highly effective targeted shark tagging and upgrades to the Shark Monitoring Network
  • Support for beach enclosures and continuation of personal shark deterrent rebate scheme
  • SMART drumline trial ends on May 20, with use of the SMART drumlines to be discontinued following advice from the Chief Scientist of Western Australia.
31 March 2021

Western Australians urged to stay SharkSmart during Easter salmon run

Media Release
  • Annual salmon run and Easter school holidays coincide this year, promising exciting family fishing fun
  • Western Australians implored to switch on their Sea Sense and stay SharkSmart over the Easter break to reduce the risk of a rare shark encounter.
25 January 2021

Funding boost for Surfing WA to help keep wave chasers safe

Media Release
  • $119,000 over three years will help improve surfer rescue skills and keep events safe
  • The funding will also deliver a new jet ski and an extra hi-tech drone for Surfing WA
  • The McGowan Government is committed to keep WA on the world surfing map 
24 December 2020

BEN signs to aid safety at beaches in the State’s north

Media Release
  • McGowan Government offers BEN sign grants to 12 northern shires
  • Up to $600,000 available to shires for signage
  • BEN signs vital in supporting first responders in beach emergencies
03 December 2020

Permanent mobile tower boosts coverage at Esperance beach

Media Release
  • McGowan Government delivers on commitment for permanent mobile tower at Twilight Beach in Esperance
  • Extended mobile coverage will ensure quick and effective communication in an emergency 
13 November 2020

SharkSmart WA app ticks over 30,000 downloads

Media Release
  • SharkSmart WA app reaches 30,000 downloads in 12 months
  • The app is a key part of the McGowan Government's shark mitigation strategy
16 October 2020

Bunker Bay gets two new-generation shark monitoring receivers

Media Release
  • McGowan Government delivers two new-generation shark monitoring receivers and a beach based warning system at Bunker Bay
  • The two new-generation receivers are solar/battery powered and will have up to double the range of existing receivers 
04 September 2020

Beach safety continues to be a priority for McGowan Government

Media Release
  • McGowan Government invests $7.78 million for helicopter beach patrols
  • Helicopter patrols begin tomorrow 
  • 1,000th BEN sign installed in the City of Wanneroo 
30 August 2020

Popular surf spot in Bunker Bay to get shark monitoring receivers

Media Release
  • Site assessment and range-testing find Bunker Bay suitable for the technology
  • Two new Shark Monitoring Network receivers due for deployment early October
  • A beach-based Shark Warning System will also be installed to alert beachgoers
30 June 2020

Targeted tagging of white sharks takes WA total to 115

Media Release
  • Number of white sharks tagged in WA almost double since 2017
  • Decomposing whale carcasses used to boost State's shark mitigation efforts
  • Tagging allows electronic monitoring of sharks and early warning to beach users