OceanWatch Australia is in the process of trialling shark shield devices on commercial fishing vessels along the Northern Australian coast with funding from Rangelands NRM.
Jimmy Dobson, Coastal Projects Facilitator at Rangelands NRM said these devices are designed to stop sharks from attacking commercial fishing lines, reducing the by-catch in northern waters.
The shark shields work by emitting an electromagnetic pulse that repels sharks while not affecting other marine species.
“The initial surveys have been conducted with the follow up surveys about to commence,” Mr Dobson said.
“If the results from the series of surveys show a reduced by-catch, then the commercial fishing industry will be encouraged to use these devices to make the industry even more sustainable.”
In the long-term, if these trials are successful, shark shield devices may also be used in recreational fishing as well.
For more information, please contact Jimmy Dobson.