Linkage Projects - Grant ID: LP160100333 [ 2016 - 2023 ]

Research Grant

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Researchers A/Prof Nathan Hart; Prof Shaun Collin; Dr Charlie Huveneers; Dr Enrico Gennari; Dr David Slip; Dr Victor Peddemors

Brief description This project aims to develop a new shark deterrent technology to protect surfers and paddlers. Shark attacks are physically and emotionally devastating for the victims, and make the community disproportionately afraid. Surfers are at most risk of attack, but current surfboard-mounted deterrents are ineffective and not widely used. This project will build on the recent discovery that white sharks do not attack counter-illuminated (light emitting) seal-shaped decoys, and use new information about shark vision to understand why this ‘camouflage’ is so successful. This will also help to protect threatened shark species by reducing reliance on culling programs to keep people safe in the water.

Funding Amount $300,000

Funding Scheme Linkage Projects

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