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Testing shark deterrent devices can be very difficult because:

  • shark attacks are rare occurrences. The circumstances can be unclear and the complex variables cannot be controlled
  • each testing approach would need to be individually designed for the many technologies that are being developed to reduce shark attack risk (some of which are personal such as a shark suit, and some of which aim to deter sharks from an area)
  • testing needs to reference a broader understanding of shark behaviour and populations and human-shark interactions, for which research data are incomplete.

More information on shark deterrent measures can be found in the chapter 6 of the Shark mitigation and deterrent measures report.

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