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News and Alerts

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 
09 June 2020

New beach enclosure for Albany creates jobs and supports tourism

Media Release
  • McGowan Government approves up to $200,000 to replace barrier at Ellen Cove
  • City of Albany will remain responsible for maintenance of beach enclosure
  • Project expected to support two full-time jobs once completed 
25 May 2020

Flotsam, jetsam and shark data-recording receivers

Media Release

​Following the weekend’s wild weather, which is continuing today, the oceans along our coastline are likely to wash up some intriguing items and we hope it’s not any of the technology used to record or monitor tagged shark activity in Western Australian waters.

26 April 2020

SMART drumline trial to be extended by 12 months

Media Release
  • An extra $2.832 million allocated to study SMART drumline management of sharks
  • Chief Scientist says rigorous scientific evaluation of non-lethal trial needs more data
07 March 2020

Chief Scientist to review data retrieved from SMART drumline trial

Media Release
  • State Government's non-lethal SMART drumline trial reaches 12-month milestone
  • The trial will continue to collect new scientific data over next three months
04 March 2020

Mobile communications at Twilight Beach supports public safety

Media Release
  • ​State Government boosts mobile coverage at Twilight Beach to improve beach and water safety
  • Longer term plan to broaden mobile phone coverage across the Twilight Beach area
03 February 2020

Land-based warning beacons boost Sea Sense capability in Esperance

Media Release
  • McGowan Government installs three shark warning towers at Esperance beaches
  • Local council will manage day-to-day operations of the towers and alerts
  • Shire rangers to activate flashing red lights and sirens on the towers when required
17 January 2020

New Government-backed beach patrol services for Mandurah

Media Release
  • The McGowan Government is working to make summers safer for Western Australians
  • A three-year trial begins on Monday to bring lifesaving services to Mandurah
  • The City of Mandurah has been a leading council in beach safety initiatives 
16 December 2019

SharkSmart WA app hits 10,000 downloads

Media Release

Western Australian ocean users have got behind the State Government's new SharkSmart WA app with more than 10,000 people downloading the app in just over a month.

12 December 2019

Have consideration for other water users over summer

Media Release

More and more people are heading for Western Australia’s awesome beaches and out on the water as the weather warms up, so it’s time to think about sharing the ocean and being considerate of other people.

There can be recreational fishers and divers in close proximity to each other, so care should always be taken. People checking lobster pots and anglers are reminded not to dispose of bait or fish waste near swimming beaches, or when divers are in the water nearby.