CONTROLLING SHARKS WITH BEACH NETS (Queensland)


Henri filmed sharks caught in beach meshing nets at Greenmount (Coolangatta) Queensland. 1966.

HOW BEACH NETS WORK PREVENTING SHARK BITES

Improvements to minimize ‘collateral damage’ could be costly yet feasible to diffuse anger promoted by environmental agencies. An obvious example might be:  

1. Better positioning (where nets are placed deeper and touching the sand,

2. Leaving sufficient above-net space for surface animals to pass above); 

3. Divers inspecting nets every few hours to release non sharks;  

4. Tagging and releasing some sharks except the meshing net principle is, trapped, struggling or dead sharks warn other sharks to stay from danger (they are not stupid).

 

Frame from 16mm film (John Harding)
Frame from 16mm film (John Harding)
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Author: JOHN H. HARDING

Former Australian underwater photographer and journalist. Founding editor of Fathom magazine (1971-73). Producer and presenter of 16mm documentary films of the sea "Australian Seafari" and other titles between 1970 and 1996 - shown in Queensland theatres and various venues throughout New South Wales. Twitter: @johnharding2020

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