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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.

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.

14 November 2019

Personal shark deterrent subsidy scheme reaches 4,000 milestone

Media Release
  • ​4,000 scientifically proven personal shark deterrent subsidies claimed by ocean users
  • Device sales have grown as a result of the digital marketing campaign
27 October 2019

New SharkSmart WA app to help Switch on your Sea Sense

Media Release
  • The McGowan Government is doing more than ever to help keep you safe at the beach
  • Free SharkSmart WA app now available to check your local beach conditions
  • Ocean users encouraged to use the app and switch on their Sea Sense to keep safe this summer
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

$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 
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
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