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News and Alerts

Find the latest advice, warnings, information and news here, to help you stay informed and be SharkSmart.

You can filter the latest information by alert, or media release. Current alerts and warnings are at the top of the page and highlighted. 

Visit this page regularly to stay updated with the latest shark information.

21 February 2019

Scientific non-lethal SMART drumline trial now underway

Media Release
  • The scientific trial will help fill knowledge gaps from trials off the NSW coast
  • Monthly reports will inform the community on sharks caught, tagged and relocated
  • Both seabed-based and satellite-linked receivers will monitor tagged shark movements
18 February 2019

Seabed receivers to track white shark movements in WA

Media Release
  • 240 seabed receivers to be used in SMART drumline trial to track fine-scale movements of tagged sharks
  • Seabed monitors are in addition to three new real-time tagged shark detection receivers deployed in Gracetown
  • Non-lethal SMART drumline trial to get underway before the end of this month 
18 February 2019

WA shark alarm technology to be used during SMART drumline trial

Media Release
  • McGowan Government to install nine new alarms with lights and sirens along the Gracetown coast
  • The alarms will let beachgoers know when there is SMART drumline trial activity
  • Built by a Perth company, Spectur, the alarms provide prompt, localised information 
27 January 2019

Non-lethal SMART drumline trial to start next month

Media Release
  • Scientific trial to catch, tag and relocate sharks will commence in February and run for 15 months
  • Contractor appointed to operate the non-lethal drumlines
  • Training for the contractor will occur ahead of the full deployment of the drumlines 
  • Chief Scientist to begin independent scientific evaluation 12 months into the trial 
09 January 2019

More than 3,000 Western Australian surfers and divers boost their personal protection

Media Release
  • Surfers and divers take personal responsibility through McGowan Government’s world-first program
  • Just under 500 more shark deterrent device rebates now available
  • There are two scientifically proven devices available through the program 
23 December 2018

500 more personal shark deterrent devices for surfers and divers available

Media Release
  • Subsidies on WA’s world-first personal shark deterrent program expanded
  • An additional $100,000 will deliver 500 more devices to help keep people safe
  • The devices are part of the strategy to bring more sea sense to WA beaches
08 December 2018

South-West beaches get new shark receivers in time for summer

Media Release
  • Shark monitoring network extended to Gracetown for the first time
  • Two satellite-linked receivers installed at Cowaramup Bay and one at Lefthanders
  • McGowan Government is doing more than ever before for shark mitigation in WA
08 December 2018

Beach safety boost with more BEN signs in place for summer

Media Release
  • Over 100 new Beach Emergency Numbers signs to be in place by Christmas 
  • At least 250 more signs to follow in the new year
  • Local government shows strong support for program 
10 November 2018

This summer bring your Sea Sense to the beach and stay safe

Media Release
  • McGowan Government enhances comprehensive shark mitigation strategy
  • Independent Scientific Advisory Panel on Sharks established to provide expert advice 
  • McGowan Government partners with Surfing WA to improve surfer safety 
  • SharkSmart app in development to help beachgoers use their Sea Sense 
21 October 2018

Framework set for WA's scientific non-lethal SMART drumline trial

Media Release
  • Consultation guides preferred option for SMART drumline trial off Gracetown
  • The non-lethal drumlines are expected to be deployed in early 2019
  • Strong community support for extension of Shark Monitoring Network to Gracetown