Summer 2016

Shark watch: intelligent buoys boost protection

Swimmers off the Australian coast are enjoying safer seas in the knowledge that Fendercare's hi-tech buoys are keeping track of shark movements in the area.

Fendercare Marine has been closely involved with the Australian Government's 'shark watch' programme since 2008, but it recently landed a deal to supply dozens of shark monitoring buoys in New South Wales - bringing the total to 71 buoys supplied in Australia's coastal areas so far.

Each buoy is fitted with electronics and attached to a specially built leg which extends 4.5m below the surface to pick up any signals transmitted by tagged sharks.

The buoys, anchored at intervals 500-700m off the coast in populated areas, beaches and surf breaks, provide early warnings of shark activity and so offer increased protection for bathers.

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