No Shark Cull is pleased to announce a series of free upcoming Shark Spotters community forums. Shark Spotters is a highly effective shark mitigation program that began 11 years ago in Cape Town following a spate of shark attacks. It was originally set up by a group of concerned surfers protecting each other and quickly grew to become a community program that now covers 8 beaches and is endorsed by the local council. The program is sophisticated and has been developed to include several key components including increased beach safety, research on shark and marine life movements and education to the public. This program is accepted as a proven non-lethal method for reducing unwanted interactions with sharks, by using a series of flags to warn beach goers if a shark has been sighted or if the visibility conditions are good for shark spotting.
The Shark Spotters program was ranked number 1 out of a range of non-lethal alternatives examined by the independent review into non-lethal shark mitigation by the Baird Government. Ms Connell Chairperson of No Shark Cull said “The NSW government has announced the trial of several new non-lethal alternatives along the NSW coastline but has not yet announced the one that was recommended the highest by scientists at the recent NSW shark summit. We have engaged experts from this program to tour Australia in an effort to facilitate this process”.
As part of a crowdfunding campaign No Shark Cull and Sea Shepherd Australia have teamed up to raise funds to bring the Shark Spotters to Australia. The goal of this project will be to assess beaches at key locations for suitability, discuss options with politicians, fisheries staff and beach safety experts and meet the members of the local communities in an effort to facilitate kick starting this program in NSW, WA and QLD.
Details of free community forums throughout Australia during March
South West W.A.
Thursday 10th March 7pm Gracetown Community Hall – Salter StGracetownWA
Friday 11th March 7pm Subiaco Palms Community Centre PerthWA
Thursday 17th March 6.30pm – Dunes on Shelly Beach, Ballina Northern NSW
Friday 18th March 6.30pm – Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, Pitt StSydney NSW
Sharnie Connell Chairperson No Shark Cull Inc