Preliminary results have demonstrated 100% effectiveness of deterring an engagement with sharks in a scientifically valid trial procedure undertaken in South Africa over the past two years by Macquarie University.
Smart Marine Systems Ltd has an exclusive option to commercialise the findings of this research, which has significant applications across the surfboard, canoe, kayaking and watercraft industries.
The research is based on the integration of specific patterns and brightness of lights on the underside of seal decoys that are towed through known shark populations in the eastern cape region of South Africa.
Nathan Hart from Macquarie University. "From two years of testing near Mossel Bay in South Africa with white sharks we have received a 100% success rate with the particular illumination technique developed."
In the final year of the project the objective is to finalise the light characteristics and configuration that will be the core of the technology. With rapidly evolving technology in small batteries for their power and weight, this creates a significant market opportunity to produce a simple and cost effective shark mitigation solution across all water craft.
"We are super excited by this breakthrough development. The visual systems of sharks are a really important sense that we know they utilise in close proximity to their prey and this technology provides a non-invasive means to mitigate a potential shark attack with a high level of success."