NSW Shark Meshing (Bather Protection) publications
NSW DPI manages the NSW Shark Meshing (Bather Protection) Program (SMP) in accordance with joint management agreements and associated management plan. A total of 51 ocean beaches from Wollongong to Newcastle are currently netted between 1 September and 30 April each year using. The nets are ‘sunk nets’ set below the surface in about 10 to 12 metres of water, within 500 metres of the shore. The nets are fitted with acoustic warning devices to alert dolphins and whales.
Since the introduction of the Shark Meshing Program in 1937 there has been just one fatal shark attack at a meshed beach in NSW. The program continues today across 51 high-use beaches.
NSW DPI reviewed the SMP and prepared the Report into the NSW Shark Meshing Program, which describes the operational aspects of the SMP, assesses its potential environmental impacts, and made some recommendations as to how to mitigate those impacts. The Report is an important reference source to inform public understanding of the SMP, and provides a baseline against which future changes can be measured.
NSW DPI scientists undertake a range of scientific research and some of the papers relating specifically to sharks are listed below. For more information refer to fisheries and ecosystems research.
- SharkSmart Brochure 581.1 KB
- NSW Shark Meshing (Bather Protection) Program
- SharkSmart brochure request form
- Joint Management Agreement & Management Plan for the NSW Shark Meshing (Bather Protection) Program 313.8 KB
- Joint Management Agreement for the NSW Shark Meshing (Bather Protection) Program (under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995)
- Report into the NSW Shark Meshing Program 1.8 MB
- Annual Performance Report 2009-10 - for the NSW Shark Meshing (Bather Protection) Program 3.3 MB
- Annual Performance Report 2010-11 - for the NSW Shark Meshing (Bather Protection) Program 2.2 MB
- Annual Performance Report 2011-12 - for the NSW Shark Meshing (Bather Protection) Program 1.2 MB
- Annual Performance Report 2012-13 - for the NSW Shark Meshing (Bather Protection) Program 1.1 MB
- Annual Performance Report 2013-14 - for the NSW Shark Meshing (Bather Protection) Program 1.4 MB
- Annual Performance Report 2014-15 - for the NSW Shark Meshing (Bather Protection) Program 1.5 MB
Scientific Papers specifically about sharks
- Biology, ecology, distribution and abundance of marine protected areas for the conservation of threatened grey nurse sharks in SE Australian waters
- Demersal diversity diets and demise of deepwater dogsharks off NSW
- Distribution, abundance and biology of the smalltooth sand tiger (or Herbsts nurse shark)
- Endangered Australian sharks and their interactions with line fishing in coastal waters
- How does the biology of the NSW gummy shark relate to the southern Australian population?
- Lunar landings: relationship between lunar phase and catch rates in NSW game tournament fishery (including sharks)
- NSW gamefish tournament monitoring 2007
- Pop up archival tracking of the critically endangered grey nurse shark in SE Australian waters
- Report from the scientific shark protection summit 2006
- Observer-based study of northern NSW large-shark commercial fishery
- Assessment of shark sighting rates by aerial beach patrols
- Decadal trends in shark catches from the NSW Shark Meshing Program
- Recreational SCUBA diver interactions with grey nurse sharks
- Grey nurse shark responses to SCUBA divers 950kB
- Effects of magnetic field repellents on a Carcharhinid shark 420kB
- Range expansion of Australian blacktip sharks into NSW 900kB