New Shark Detection Technology Plan In Australia This Summer

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 5 years agoNo Comments

sharkSydney, Australia’s beaches saw an increase in shark attacks in 2015. In 2014, the area had 3 shark attacks, while in 2015, there were 13 attacks. The government is planning on rolling out a high-tech, environmentally-friendly campaign to attempt to control shark attacks, which would not include shark culling and previously used ‘catch and kill’ tactics. “This is a historic moment,” said Niall Blair, Australia’s Minister for Primary Industries: “We are leading the world in New South Wales when it comes to how we interact with sharks and how we’ve utilized a range of technologies to reduce that risk for our beach goers.” Blair stated, “That’s why we’ve gone for a look into some of the new technologies and other suites of measures we can implement and that’s what this response is about,” he went on. “It’s been led by our scientists.” There will be 10 different 4G listening stations placed around popular shark locations. There will also be approximately $5.6 million dollars put aside to test for new technologies and forms of water surveillance. Another $3.5 million dollars will be spent on helicopter technologies, including the use of drones. The tagging of sharks will continue, with the location of tagged sharks available to be tracked through mobile apps, which beach goers would be able to easily access. The plan seems like it will strike a good balance between attempting to reduce shark attacks, while also remaining environmentally friendly. MORE

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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