The Shark Solution – Shark Summit in Australia
The desperately needed Shark Summit is underway as of typing at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. It’s been a long time coming: Attacks and sightings have reached unprecedented levels along Australia’s east and west coasts in recent years, with paranoia perpetuated by the social media age. Today’s summit, in which the NSW State government will draw on […]
The desperately needed Shark Summit is underway as of typing at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. It’s been a long time coming: Attacks and sightings have reached unprecedented levels along Australia’s east and west coasts in recent years, with paranoia perpetuated by the social media age. Today’s summit, in which the NSW State government will draw on evidence provided by dozens of scientists from around the world, will provide a way forward for both Australian and international surfing communities. In a classically Australian scenario, the man behind the summit, NSW Premiere Mike Baird, narrowly avoided being attacked himself while surfing Crescent Head. The four solutions being discussed at today’s summit are:
1. Physical and visual barriers. We’re talking shark nets here, though a modern version of the clumsy prototypes that too often snagged dolphins, turtles and other plus-sized piscatorials. The Eco Barrier is among the companies being considered. It offers a net made of “strong, flexible nylon” that lasts up to 10 years and provides a completely enclosed swimming area from seabed to surface, and shoreline to shoreline. The semi-rigid plastic “net” is designed to act as a wall to sea life without the danger of entanglement.
2. Electric deterrent barriers. Belgian company Aquatek provides a repelling system that disrupts a sharks electroreceptive sense by blasting water with a magnetic field. Already trialled over a four year period – including trials at Reunion Island, the scene of an unprecedented shark plague in recent years – Aquatek uses fish finder technologies to target particular species of marine life, including sharks. It works via a series of floating posts which put out an electro-magnetic field. The posts can also be used to support nets as a backup in case the sharks flee in the wrong direction.
3. Satellite and acoustic technology. Although there is no specific company listed, it is hoped 4G technology can be used to transmit shark movements in real time back to a base which in turn can be used to alert the appropriate authorities. The CSIRO and NSW Department of Primary Industries are already tagging great white sharks along the North Coast of NSW where 12 attacks in 12 months, including 2 fatalities, has seen shark hysteria grip the region.
4. Sonar technologies. Billed as the world’s first shark detection buoy, the Clever Buoy, which is being developed by telco giant Optus, sends sonar alerts to a satellite and a text message to lifeguards on the beach when it detects a moving shark. Previously trialled in the former fatal-shark attack capital of the world, Western Australia, the yellow buoy is able to identify the signature sonar data of a shark and relay the information in real-time.
Findings from the Summit will be released within the next week. Stay tuned.
Full Moon Surfs, Impassable Puddles, And A Few Nights Spent Sleeping In A WSL Commentary Booth
A reader-submitted collection of nonconformist surf stories.
Carissa Moore And Finn McGill Are Your 2023 Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing Champions
They both pocket $50k and tickets to this year’s Vans Pipe Masters.
The Pick-Up, Presented By Vans, Episode 5
Mason Ho helps us ring in our final week on the North Shore.
Goofyfoot Brazilian World Champion Stars In Stab’s Biggest Board-Testing Franchise
Can you guess who?
Surf Community Rallies To Raise Funds For Eddie Winner And On-Duty Hawaiian Lifeguard Luke Shepardson
Because it's the right thing to do, of course.
Interview: Caity Simmers On Machete Wars, Rihanna, Personal Project Problems, And The Rise Of Female Surf Content.
A toast to ‘Toasted.’
Stab Surfer of the Year: Creed McTaggart, Albee Layer, Laura Enever, Dane Guduaskas, and Selema Masekela
Day 8: "65 years young and charging just as hard as ever at Pipe, Backdoor,…
“I’m Not A Big Wave Guy”
How Kai Paula accidentally made his mark at Jaws three weeks after surfing it for…
A toes in the sand, phone in the lagoon account of the 10th Eddie Aikau…
Breaking: Another CT Rookie Injured Before First Event
Sophie McCulloch pulls out of Pipeline due to Snapper Rocks snafu.
Watch: ‘Toasted,’ By Caity Simmers
Your favorite surfer directs, edits, and stars in her first feature film.
On-Duty North Shore Lifeguard Luke Shepardson Wins The Eddie Aikau
Local man prevails over 39 big-wave heavyweights at 29ft @ 19 seconds Waimea.
The Eddie Aikau Invitational Is On
Grab a beverage and enjoy surfing's Super Bowl Sunday
The Women’s CT Is About To See A Generational Shift
Only three women have won a Title in the past 15 years. Here's why that's…
“One For Marcio” – Albee Layer’s Tribute To Mad Dog
Imagine treating 30ft Jaws like Backdoor.
Stab Surfer of the Year: Noa Deane, Jamie O’Brien, Parker Coffin, Cliff Kapono, and Brendan Buckley
Day 7: "It's like he feels more comfortable when it’s as gnarly as it gets."…
Five Reasons Why The Eddie Still Matters
With better waves around the world and likely no prize money, why is The Eddie…