Over the past 15 years Surfwatch has worked to develop practical cost effective programs designed to reduce your risk of shark attack, without the need to slaughter marine life, as is the case with the current shark-netting program.
Shark nets do not work.
Shark nets do not provide a physical barrier between sharks and swimmers, they only cover a fraction of the beach and are systematically moved from beach to beach so there is no guarantee there are even nets in place when you enter the water.
Shark nets are simply designed to indiscriminately capture, suffocate and kill anything that wonders into there path.
Since there introduction Shark nets have been responsible for the slow barbaric deaths of thousands of marine creatures like dolphins, whales, dugongs, turtles, seals and the critically endangered Gray Nurse Sharks. Not to mention countless harmless sharks and fish like the docile groper. Shark nets are simply gill nets designed to trap and suffocate their victims.
However, understanding why sharks attack and developing systems to minimize the risk of encountering feeding sharks will significantly increase swimmer safety.
The simple facts are that sharks don’t target humans. Attacks occur when a swimmer gets caught between a feeding shark and the whales or baitfish it targets for food.