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May 14, 2021

The shark situation

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During a previous discussion of the shark situation I suggested that a series of radar equipped buoys be distributed along the coastline.

The radar could be connected to a computer species recognition program not a difficult ask as cetaceans undulate in the water, while sharks glide and other identification factors could also be included.

The system could then be connected to an automatic alarm system. The advantage to such a system is that it would operate 24 hours, and I would think in most weather conditions. Drones are only effective when they’re in the air and are sometimes ineffective in certain weather conditions.

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  1. Hi David, thanks for your comment and letter. Understand your logic and thinking but… I have been working this problem for over 4 years now and it is a real hard problem to solve. Besides the range issue of what you suggest (sonar has limited range especially in shore) the Biggest problem I have had is that the CSIRO has research that shows whites mainly travel along parallel to the beach in the white water zone and the gutter next to the beach. They are amazingly hard to track. I’m working on detection methods too but it’s complex and painstaking.

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