Capture gear deployed after fatal shark incident near Albany – Western Australia

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Department of Fisheries, Western Australia

29. December  2014

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Fisheries officers deploy capture gear after fatal shark incident at Cheynes Beach

Beaches have been closed at Cheynes Beach near Albany after a fatal shark incident late this morning.

The Department of Fisheries is currently investigating and has deployed equipment in an effort to catch the shark (most likely to be a white shark).

The Department says beaches in this region are likely to remain closed tomorrow and urges local people and holiday makers to stay out of the water.

It has been confirmed that at about midday this morning, a man suffered fatal injuries after being bitten by a shark.  It is believed that he was spear fishing with another man off Cheynes Beach.

The Department is working closely with Police, Department of Parks and Wildlife and the City of Albany.

Further information will be made available when possible.

Cheynes Beach is now closed and advice is that water users should:

  • Adhere to any beach closures which may be in place.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the Surf Life Saving Twitter – www.twitter.com/SLSWA or the SharkSmart activity map www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity
  • Report any shark sightings to Water Police on 9442 8600.

Source: Government of Western Australia

 

WA Catch order for white shark frequenting Warnbro Beach rescinded

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Department of Fisheries, Western Australia

22. December  2014

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Shark capture order rescinded

Following a significant reduction in the rate of detections of the high hazard shark within Warnbro Sound, Department of Fisheries Acting Director General, Dr Rick Fletcher has rescinded the catch order.

This action is consistent with the State Government’s guidelines for the take of sharks posing a serious threat to public safety.

This high risk shark had been frequenting the Warnbro Sound area irregularly since late November. An increase in the level of detections during daylight hours on consecutive days last week prompted the additional capture response to be undertaken.  With the frequency of daytime detections having reduced over the past few days, the risk level has today been reviewed.

Warnbro Beach will be reopened this afternoon.  However water users should continue to take precautions when using beaches.  Advice is that water users should:

  • Adhere to any beach closures which may be in place.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the Surf Life Saving Twitter – www.twitter.com/SLSWA or the SharkSmart activity map www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity
  • Report any shark sightings to Water Police on 9442 8600.

Source: Government of Western Australia

 

WA Fisheries Department decides to remove tagged white shark in Warnbro Sound

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Department of Fisheries, Western Australia

19. December  2014

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Shark threat at Warnbro Sound prompts action

Following a series of tagged shark detections of a white shark at the Warnbro receiver a decision has been made to deploy capture gear to take a white shark that has been assessed as posing a serious threat to public safety.

The Department of Fisheries sent vessels to investigate and it became apparent the same shark has been within one kilometre of the shore over consecutive days.

Numerous mitigation strategies have been implemented in an attempt to negate any threat, however, the shark’s continued presence has resulted in this decision being made in the interests of public safety.

“The department has monitored the movement of the white shark in the Warnbro Sound area since late November, and has been closely monitoring it for the past two weeks,” Department of Fisheries Acting Director General Dr Rick Fletcher said.

“The initial pattern of detections of this tagged shark combined with the mitigation strategies did not warrant further action. However there has been an increase in the number of day-time detections on consecutive during the lead up to Christmas, and school holidays combined with warm and sunny weather, people are more likely to be in the water using the beaches, fishing and diving.”

“The decision to remove the shark has been made under the State Government’s guidelines for the take of a shark posing a serious threat to public safety,” Dr Fletcher said.

“Measures required to negate serious threat to the public have been put in place, including beach closures, notifications to the community, and alerts / detections posted on Twitter and the department’s SharkSmart website, however, given the likely increase in water users and increased detections of this shark, more direct action has now been taken to address public safety concerns.”

Warnbro Beach will remain closed for the remainder of today, and the situation will be reviewed prior to tomorrow. Advice is that water users should:

  • Adhere to any beach closures by City of Rockingham or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Take additional caution in the Warnbro Sound area.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the Surf Life Saving Twitter – www.twitter.com/SLSWA or the SharkSmart activity map www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity
  • Report any shark sightings to Water Police on 9442 8600.

Source: Government of Western Australia

 

Shark attack kills teenager off Port Douglas, Australia

Media Release

Queensland Police

15. December 2014

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Sudden death, Port Douglas

An 18-year-old Mossman man has died after sustaining a shark bite off Port Douglas this morning.

The man was fishing off Rudder Reef at around 11am when he was bitten by a shark on his leg.

Friends who were travelling with the man on a private vessel alerted authorities and performed emergency first aid.

The man was pronounced deceased shortly after the vessel returned to shore.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously
via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or Policelink.qld.gov.au 24hrs a day.

Source: Queensland Police Service  ( Map: SYM )

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South Australia’s shark patrol begins today through end of March

Press Release

University of South Australia (UniSA)

01. December 2014

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Shark Patrol begins today

UniSA’s aerial shark patrol will again keep beach-goers safe this summer, with the service starting today (December 1) through to the end of March.

The fixed-wing aircraft service is provided by UniSA’s Aviation Academy. It monitors the metropolitan coastline from North Haven to Rapid Bay seven days a week between 11am and 8pm. Monitoring is extended to the south coast between Victor Harbor and Goolwa on weekends, public holidays and every day of the school holidays.

Aviation Academy head Neil Hyland says about 40 students and graduates from the academy participate in shark patrol, providing them with an invaluable opportunity to gain real operational experience.

“Shark patrol gives our young pilots valuable flying experience while also providing a very important community service,” Mr Hyland says.

“For our pilots, shark patrol provides an awareness of the professional responsibilities of air crew, and an insight into the diverse career opportunities available for graduate pilots, who are in demand in areas like ‘fly-in fly-out’ for mining, fish spotting, instructing, charter, and of course piloting for regional, national and international airlines.”

UniSA uses fixed-wing aircraft for its patrols. When a shark is sighted, the aircraft will circle the shark, at the same time sounding a loud siren. 

Source: UniSA

 

Shark bite incident reported at Mandurah, Western Australia

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Department of Fisheries, Western Australia

29. November  2014

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Beaches closed after shark bite reported at Mandurah

The Department of Fisheries is advising water users that beaches either side of the groyne at Pyramids Beach, Mandurah, have been closed by the City of Mandurah, following a shark bite reported to have occurred this morning.

The incident occurred just after 6am and was reported to Water Police at 7:45am.

Beaches are expected to remain closed for the next 24 hours.

A Department of Fisheries vessel is on site monitoring the area, and water users are urged to exercise extra caution in the vicinity and adhere to the beach closure.

A 13 year-old boy was surfing in the area when it is believed he was bitten on the leg, resulting in minor injuries.

The report was of a two metre shark, of unknown species.

Although the injuries are reported to be minor, beaches have been closed and measures are in place to inform beachgoers.

The Department of Fisheries will continue to monitor the situation.

Advice is that water users should:

  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the Surf Life Saving Twitter – twitter.com/SLSWA, or the SharkSmart website – sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity.
  • Report any shark sightings to Water Police on 9442 8600.
  • Adhere to any beach closures advised by the City of Mandurah and Surf Life Saving WA.

Source: Government of Western Australia