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News & Alerts

30 April 2024

$17.3 million boost for Cook Government Shark Hazard Mitigation

Media Release
  • $17.3 million boost for Cook Government Shark Hazard Mitigation strategy in 2024-25 State Budget
  • New funding includes $12.6 million to continue helicopter patrols and vital frontline safety services over the next four years
  • $4.7 million boost to support key measures of the Strategy, one of the most comprehensive approaches in the country
25 March 2024

Coastal safety for Easter and the school holidays

Media Release

Recent reports of western Australian salmon schools off Albany and the South West Coast are early reminders of the annual and much-awaited salmon run.

It’s good news for fishers that the salmon are turning up in time for Easter, with Good Friday and the school holidays kicking off on 29 March.

24 January 2024

West Aussies embracing shark safety measures

Media Release

Western Australians and tourists are enjoying the State's ocean and river experiences this summer and embracing the State Government's shark mitigation measures to stay safer in the water.

  • Downloads of the Cook Government's SharkSmart WA app have passed 150,000 this summer   
  • SharkSmart app delivers near real-time alerts and warnings of shark activity along WA coast
  • New Bicton Baths beach enclosure providing popular safe swimming spot for families
11 December 2023

New beach enclosure for Bicton Baths this summer

Media Release
  • Cook Government delivers new shark hazard mitigation measures for Swan Canning Estuary
  • Bicton Baths beach enclosure installation complete
  • Three new shark monitoring receivers to be installed in the Swan River
25 October 2023

Shark fishing banned from all Perth beaches

Media Release
  • New restrictions to prohibit shark fishing gear within 800m of shore from south of Mandurah to Two Rocks, including all waters of the Swan Canning Estuary
  • Cook Government continuing to work with local councils on shark hazard mitigation strategies
05 September 2023

Helicopter patrols keep careful watch over WA beaches

Media Release
  • Cook Government provides $4 million for Surf Life Saving WA helicopter patrols in 2023/24
  • Weekend patrols have begun, switching to daily from school holidays
  • Surf Life Savers on beaches and in the air provide vital frontline safety services
03 September 2023

Local contractor appointed to build Bicton Baths beach enclosure

Media Release
  • The Cook Government delivering on commitment to expand comprehensive shark hazard mitigation strategy to the Swan Canning Estuary
  • The project includes investing $300,000 to build the $320,000 Bicton Baths beach enclosure
  • Bibra Lake business Global Marine Enclosures awarded contract
05 April 2023

Keep coastal safety and your Sea Sense top of mind for the salmon run

Media Release

With the Easter break and school holidays upon us, this is a fun-filled time of the year for fishing-keen families to enjoy a south coast or South-West getaway and chase western Australian salmon​ during their annual migration along our State’s coast.

15 March 2023

New river tagging program to include bull sharks

Media Release
  • Automated shark monitoring receivers to be investigated for use in the Swan Canning Estuary
  • Combined research efforts to focus on bull shark movements
30 January 2023

Summer beach safety boosted with 1500-plus BEN signs

Media Release
  • BEN signs play a vital role when WA beachgoers need emergency assistance
  • Unique codes allow emergency services to pinpoint where help is needed 
  • BEN signs are mapped on the SharkSmart website and SharkSmart WA app