A unique eco-friendly shark barrier
Shark Spotters, in conjunction with the City of Cape Town, operates a one-of-a-kind shark exclusion net in an area of Fish Hoek beach.
The exclusion net forms a complete barrier from the sea surface to the sea floor that completely encloses an area and prevents sharks and other marine animals from entering the “exclusion zone”.
The Fish Hoek shark exclusion net is a unique design of shark exclusion barrier, specifically designed to have minimal environmental impact and be adaptable to changing weather conditions. Unlike traditional shark barriers, which are rigid structures permanently fixed in position, this barrier is deployed and retrieved on a daily basis – the only one of its kind in the world.
The net has been operating since March 2013 and since that time it has proved to be a cost effective, environmentally and socially responsible, non-lethal shark attack mitigation measure with strong public support.