Programs designed to protect swimmers from feeding sharks will never provide a 100% guarantee.
However understanding why sharks attack and developing systems to minimize these attacks will significantly increase swimmer safety.
For far too long we have relied on an ineffective barbaric and severely limited culling program that provides little protection for swimmers and has a devastating effect on our marine life.
Fact: most attacks occur when a swimmer wanders into the path of a feeding shark.
So how can we minimize the risk?
We know it’s almost impossible to see sharks from the beach and aerial surveillance will miss many of the sharks entering swimming areas
Unfortunately once a swimmer is in the water it is generally too late to prevent an attack, even if you do spot the shark.
With the ever-increasing number of shark attacks accruing. We need to develop a wider ranging system to designed to protect swimmers even in the most remote locations
The most effective way of protecting swimmers comes down to our ability to identify where feeding sharks are likely to interact with swimmers.
Surfwatch Australia has developed an early warning shark risk, assessment and pre warning program, designed to track the shark’s food source covering every beach and swimming location in Australia.