Over 300 shark experts have gathered in Durban this week for the second Sharks International Symposium. The event, hosted by the KZN Sharks Board, will aim to discuss issues surrounding different species – such as the protection of sharks from illegal fisherman.
Shark’s Board CEO Mthokozisi Radebe, while speaking to ECR newswatch, said that they will be using the gathering of scientists to preview shark repellant technology.
“The ultimate goal of that shark repellant technology is actually to replace our shark safety gear that we’re currently deploying in the form of nets and drumlines,” said Radebe. “So when that happens, it will actually repel the sharks rather than kill them. We’re hoping that we are not very far away from that eventuality.”
This is good news not only for the future of sharks, but also surfers who’ve become concerned with the number of sharks and other marine life that have been losing their lives in the shark nets currently deployed along our coast.
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