Alternatives to the lethal Shark Nets
Addressing Genuine Concern
People think the shark nets keep them safe
People think the shark net is a barrier
People think that they cause no harm
The sharks nets are not barriers
The shark nets are designed to entangle
Animals caught in the net attract sharks
There are better safer solutions
Many non-lethal alternatives exist and when applied in combination have proven to be much more effective than the lethal methods at mitigating the risk of shark encounters.
Shark detecting drones are currently being used on a few beaches (conducted by Hover UAV) as part of the NSW Government’s $21 million Shark Management Strategy. These have proven remarkably effective at spotting sharks, identifying species, and clearing the water if it is a species of concern. Extending this program would also help prevent drownings.
PERSONAL SHARK DETERRENTS
A shark has short-range electrical receptors in their snouts (called the “Ampullae of Lorenzini”) used for finding food. The Ocean Guardian Shark Shield Technology emits an electrical current which deters great whites sharks. If a shark comes within a few metres of these devices the shark experiences discomfort which makes it swim away.
Personal deterrents can be used by divers, surfers and spear fishers.
Lack of education in general public of Australia must be addressed
Schools should teach life-saving information about how to minimise the chances of interactions with sharks
Addressing the false sense of security
Shark nets do not act as a barrier between you and the shark. In fact, the nets do not reach the bottom of the ocean, or the top of the ocean and only span 150m wide x 6m deep in NSW. Sharks swim under, over and around them.
Raising awareness of the marine life that dies as a result of the nets
Approx. 90%+ of all catch is non-target species and about 2 thirds of animals caught in the nets die, which attracts predatory sharks for a free meal.
Contrary to popular belief, shark attacks are usually a case of being provoked or having mistaken identify. The reason people may die from a shark attack is due to bleeding. All swimming beaches need to be equipped with trauma medical kits to hand.