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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.

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.

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