Over the next two days, the gill nets (“shark nets”) along South Africa’s coastline will be lifted while the Sharks Board will be on lockdown with the rest of the country for 21 days.

The gill nets are usually 214m long and 6m deep and secured at each end by two 35kg anchors. These nets work by trapping fish and sharks by their gills once they have pushed their heads through the mesh. However, not only sharks get caught in these nets and drumlines. In 2017 alone, the protected animals that died in the nets included 18 turtles, 26 dolphins, 4 whales, 30 rays and 69 scalloped hammerhead sharks.

This approach is unique to KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, whereas the rest of our country has figured out alternative ways of managing “us being in the ocean with sharks” without harming them. It is their home after all.

Ocean Conservancy group program in the Western Cape is a proudly South African example of a non-lethal solution that keeps both bathers and sharks safe in a shared sea.

We applaud the decision taken to raise the nets during this trying time, allowing our sharks and other marine life to move freely in their oceans for the next 3 weeks.

Read More : https://oceanconservancy.net/great-white-shark-ironbound-returns-to-florida-keys-for-second-time-in-a-season-not-a-behavior-we-often-track/

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