Experts gather in Sydney to discuss Sharks

Experts gather in Sydney to discuss Sharks

Shark experts from around the world are converging on Sydney today for the New South Wales government’s Shark Summit.

The summit is an avenue for the state government to consider an independent review of existing and emerging technologies, which have been commissioned by the government, to advise on which methods should be included in trials this summer.

Minister for Primary Industries, Land and Water Niall Blair says making the state’s beaches safer is a top priority for the government and is the reason why it’s so important to consider innovative ways to do just that.

Potential trials include electric deterrent barriers, sonar technologies, physical and visual barriers and satellite and acoustic technology.

Humane Society International, the Australian Marine Conservation Society, NoSharkCull NSW, SEA LIFE Trust, Sea Shepherd Australia, the Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguard Association and the Australian Aerial Patrol are among those who will participate in the summit and all have welcomed the idea of using alternative methods to shark nets.

“We congratulate the NSW Government for researching non-lethal alternatives to the current shark nets,” said Michael Kennedy, Director Humane Society International.

“We see the independent review and the consultation at today’s summit as the first step towards moving away from the archaic idea that killing sharks guarantees to protect humans.”

“The hidden cost of shark nets is the whales, dolphins and turtles that regularly get caught up in the nets. This is simply too high a price to pay for ocean wildlife,” Mr Kennedy said.

Statistics show there has been over a dozen unprovoked shark attacks in the state this year, a significant increase on the same time last year.

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