Australia's utilizing drones to guard its coasts from sharks

Australia's using drones to protect its coasts from sharks

Whereas shark assaults are uncommon in Australia, yearly a handful of individuals lose their lives whereas swimming off the nation’s coastlines. New South Wales (NSW) authorities officers know there isn’t a straightforward method to scale back dangers, however have dedicated to spending AU$sixteen million ($eleven.6 million) on a brand new “shark technique,” which incorporates drone patrols and deploying GPS know-how to make its seashores safer. As a part of the drone trial beginning at the moment, operators will ship out drones off the coast of Coffs Harbour (situated halfway between Sydney and Brisbane), which can feed again reside footage of any marine life swimming in shallow water and allow them to alert swimmers and surfers of any dangers within the space.

Following a current report into humane shark applied sciences, sensible drum strains may even be examined from subsequent week. A standard drum line consists of an anchored buoy (drum) that suspends a baited hook. Sharks are sometimes hooked utilizing this technique, however innocent species have died on account of sluggish response occasions (solely harmful sharks could also be killed, typically for analysis functions). This “sensible” equipment equips drums with GPS and underwater cameras, permitting the individuals monitoring them to intervene rather a lot faster. The primary line can be positioned off Ballina, a city about one hundred miles up the coast from Coffs Harbour.

To raised monitor sharks which have already been tagged, the NSW Authorities will set up 10 4G listening stations to offer actual-time knowledge on their whereabouts. There may also be “elevated aerial helicopter surveillance” on the north coast, successfully placing extra eyes within the sky. In 2015 alone, there have been 33 Australian shark assaults with two fatalities. New South Wales Authorities needs to ensure that subsequent yr, sharks and people can benefit from the water with out danger of being harmed.

[Picture credit score: Brook Ward, Flickr]

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