PORT LINCOLN (AUSTRALIA)-RAW data has finished being collected for a study investigating the effectiveness of shark repellant device Shark Shield. The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) study is looking into the effectiveness of the Shark Shield, which many divers and surfers use in the water to repel sharks.
Port Lincoln abalone diver Peter Clarkson was taken by two great white sharks while working underwater at Point Avoid in February this year, and was believed to be wearing the device.
SARDI principal investigator, Dr Charlie Huveneers said all raw data and field work had been collected and was being analysed. The last parts of data were collected from South African waters in mid-August, and from Port Lincoln waters in July. Dr Huveneers said once the report was finished it would be given to Shark Shield producer Safework SA. The researchers are now working on the report.