Article by Support Our Sharks (18 October 2013)
In 2012, our research group at the University of Western Australia (The Neuroecology Group) was awarded two grants from the West Australian Government to investigate the effectiveness of a range of shark repellents. Today, we had the pleasure to host the WA Premier, Collin Barnett, and the WA Chief Scientist, Lyn Beazley, to share with them our research progress and future directions.
Since being awarded this funding we have worked tirelessly to better understand the sensory biology of sharks to find the most effective (non-lethal) solution to protect people in the water. As part of our commitment to the WA Government, we have released some footage of our research progress showing a couple of potential shark repellent solutions (see video below) including bubble curtains and electric fields. However, it is important to remember that this is preliminary footage and so we make no guarantee as to the effectiveness of these devices as much more testing needs to be completed. We still have a long way to go before we finish our research and when we do, all of our results (effective or not) will be made available to the WA Government and published in peer reviewed journals. In the mean time, we hope that you continue to support our research and we encourage you to explore the Support Our Sharks website to learn more about sharks and the important role they play in our oceans.
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