In the wake of rapid technological advancement, SCEC are seeking a commitment from the QLD government to remove lethal shark control and have the outdated equipment replaced with modern non-lethal technology, improved strategies, and a dedicated educational campaign.
What do we mean by non-lethal technology?
There are a number of technologies currently being trialed across the globe, with many returning very favourable results. SCEC are advocating for the immediate trial of sonar detection devices and aerial drone surveillance at popular Sunshine Coast beaches. Both of these approaches feed back to an alarm system, notifying lifeguards in the presence of a shark. Other devices and strategies have also proven effective at various locations across the world, including: the eco-shark barrier at low energy beaches; shark spotting programs in areas with elevated vantage points; and the widespread use of personal shark deterrents.