Ballina signs on as trial site for new technology meant to prevent shark attacks
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 March, 2015 - Ballina, Australia - New South Whales will become a trial site for a state-of-the-art "sonic mesh" designed to keep sharks from entering areas frequented by swimmers, surfers and the like.
Following the fatal shark attack of 41-year-old Tadashi Nakahara last month—the fourth fatal shark attack in Australia in four months—Ballina’s mayor David Wright and Tweed mayor Gary Bagnall have consulted experts on the newest technologies to keep beaches safe.
Tadashi Nakahara (left) was killed by a shark last month
According to a report by Australia's Echo Net Daily, "Wright said the meeting included representatives from the noNSWsharkcull group, Sea Shepard, Australian Lifeguards and Australia Aerial Patrol."
Though Wright said he was particularly interested in the sonic mesh, he is also considering other options.
"Aerial Patrol can film live footage to someone on the beach with an ipad, which looks good to us," he said. "I spoke with the Tweed mayor about the viability of a plane flying along the coast between Tweed and Ballina and we’ll talk more about that. The lifeguards are pushing for towers near patrolled areas that would allow beaches to be better surveyed. They are about $100,000 and we could look at doing that. There was a lot of information and now we’ve got to take it away and talk about it."