Developing a Shark-Safe Beach Protection Net

by Better Gear, LLC

Summary

The beach protection nets used now are designed to kill sharks. They are effective and also kill many dolphins, rays, turtles, and whales. A new type of net will be developed to eliminate these losses
$1,080
total raised
20
donors
0
monthly donors
10
years active

Challenge

There is no need to kill thousands of creatures to protect beaches. Both the beaches and the creatures can be protected.

Solution

We propose to make an alternative shark net, with webbing that conducts electricity. Sharks and rays detect even very low levels of electromagnetic field and will avoid the net. The net would be powered by solar collectors.

Long-Term Impact

The nets should also be highly detectable to cetaceans because the conductive material will also reflect echolocation signals. Because sharks will detect and avoid the nets, the mesh size can be increased to reduce turtle mortality.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).

Resources

http:/​/​www.atlanticgillnet.com

Organization Information

Better Gear, LLC

Location: Yardley, PA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.atlanticgillnet.com
Project Leader:
Norman L. Holy
President, Better Gear, LLC
Yardley, PA United States

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