Install safe shark deterrents at our beaches
Shark nets have always been controversial in beaches communities. They don’t prevent shark attacks by repelling sharks, they cull them. This has unintended consequences of harming iconic marine wildlife including dolphins, turtles and rays.
Northern Beaches MP, Jason Falinski has said swimmers safety should always be a priority for authorities. However, shark nets are not necessarily the answer.
“When the community goes to the beach, they want to know they are safe from sharks. Historically, nets have been the tool to do that.” Mr Falinski said.
“However, there is new technology emerging which can do the job better and cause less harm to the marine environment.”
Warriewood based business, Ocean Guardian are producing Shark Shield Technology, an electrical shark deterrent, which can be used by surfers, swimmers or any other ocean activity.
Lawrence Chlebeck, a marine biologist with Humane Society International, has supported the argument that there is far more effective methods to reduce the risk to swimmers from sharks.
“Shark nets were first used in Sydney in 1937, meaning there has been 80 years of technological advancement and progress in our understanding of shark behaviour. There are proven effective methods to reduce the risk of shark bite, and personal shark deterrents are at the forefront,” said Mr Lawrence Chlebeck.
“Last year alone, shark nets in NSW killed 7 dolphins, 6 turtles and 14 critically endangered grey nurse sharks. There are better ways to protect ocean users without taking such a brutal toll on our marine wildlife.”