The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) have called on people to apply for funding that can support projects to help protect beachgoers from shark attacks.
The Shark Management Strategy Grants program invites technology developers, researchers, organisations, educational institutions, businesses and individuals to apply for a share of $200,000 that can support projects that reduce the risk of shark interactions and minimise the impact on other marine life.
DPI fisheries research director Dr Natalie Moltschaniwskyj said the organisation is hopeful new technologies can be created through the backing of funding.
“We already lead the world when it comes to shark management and this will only ensure we continue to do so with both national and international applicants encouraged to apply.
“We have more data and research on sharks than we’ve ever had and I look forward to seeing what other ideas can be brought to life,” Dr Moltschaniwskyj said.
The NSW Shark Management Strategy aligns with key areas such as personal shark deterrents (such as protective wetsuits, electrical and magnetic devices and area-based shark deterrents), shark detection methods (such as sonar technologies and shark recognition software), Shark biology relevant to interactions with humans (such as sensory systems) and socio-economics of shark-human interactions (for example how changes in human behaviour and perceptions following the implementation of particular approaches).
To apply for a grant, an Expression of Interest form must be completed.