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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.

16 September 2019

1,000 more scientifically proven personal shark deterrent devices now available

Media Release
  • $1 million committed for 5,000 rebates for scientifically proven personal shark deterrents since May 2017
  • About 3,800 rebates have so far been claimed by local ocean users
  • World-first program offers $200 subsidy on scientifically proven devices
30 August 2019

Helicopter patrols begin in spring for Perth and South-West beaches

Media Release
  • From Sunday, two helicopters will comb the WA coast to boost weekend beach safety
  • The Perth coastal patrols will have daily flights from September 30 to the end of April
  • South-West patrols fly daily during school holidays and at various times over summer
  • Beachgoers are encouraged to switch on their Sea Sense
10 August 2019

WA surfers switch on to scientifically proven personal shark deterrents

Media Release
  • New campaign to encourage more surfers to purchase a scientifically proven personal shark deterrent
  • Surfers and divers save $200 with Government rebate 
  • About 570 surfers among more than 3,700 Western Australians to purchase a device

With surfers carving up the big winter swells rolling in along our coast, Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly today launched a new campaign to encourage more surfers to switch on their Sea Sense and purchase a scientifically proven personal shark deterrent. 

12 April 2019

BEN signs are already playing their part in coastal emergencies

Media Release
  • More than 500 BEN signs expected to be installed in Perth and regional WA by the end of May
  • McGowan Government initiative is bringing a new level of safety to WA beach locations
12 April 2019

$8 million boost for WA’s scientific shark hazard mitigation strategy

Media Release
  • Additional $8 million committed for shark hazard mitigation in WA
  • More funding for Surf Life Saving WA helicopter, drone, beach and jet ski patrols
  • Over the next two years more than $12 million to be spent on keeping WA beaches safe 
29 March 2019

Surf’s up, be safe and save: 500 more personal shark deterrents available

Media Release
  • Additional 500 rebates available for scientifically proven personal shark deterrent devices
  • Using a personal shark deterrent is good sea sense for surfers and divers
  • $200 subsidy available on approved devices purchased through a registered retailer 
18 March 2019

Salmon run signs spark important safety reminders

Media Release
  • Fishing from WA's sandy beaches is the safest way to enjoy salmon run excitement
  • Recreational fishers must wear an approved lifejacket at Salmon Holes
  • Swimmers, divers and surfers urged to use their Sea Sense during the salmon run 
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