WA Department of Fisheries warns about Shark Monitoring Network outage

Advice warning for ocean users

The Department of Fisheries has put a warning out to WA ocean users ahead of the weekend due a planned system outage that will impact the Shark Monitoring Network.

The outage will occur on Saturday August 15 and will mean all tagged shark detections will be offline from 4am.

It is expected it will remain offline for about 12 hours.

The system outage is affecting all 32 satellite-linked receivers in the Shark Monitoring Network.

Reported shark sightings are not affected by this outage and will be published as normal through the Shark Notification System.

The advice warning comes after a shark was sighted at Smiths Beach in Yallingup on Thursday August 13.

What to do:

Adhere to any beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.

Use your Sea Sense and stay informed by checking for shark activity on the SharkSmart website, SharkSmart WA app or Surf Life Saving WA's Twitter feed.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to land managers and relevant authorities and to the public on the SharkSmart website, SharkSmart WA app and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.

What authorities are doing:

The relevant authorities that receive Shark Notification System alerts to assist them in responses have been notified of the outage affecting tagged shark detections; including the Surf Life Saving WA, WA Police and relevant local government rangers.

Extra information:

Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website - www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter - twitter.com/SLSWA. Check www.sharksmart.com.au/news for current alerts and warnings.

The Shark Notification System forms part of a range of shark mitigation strategies in place. See www.sharksmart.com.au for additional information.