ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Shark Studies

Sharks are prominent in the Australian psyche and policy options concerning coexistence and management of sharks can divide communities. Since 2017, Institute researchers have been involved in a series of social research projects funded by the NSW Department of Primary Industries through its Shark Management Strategy.

They are:

Community attitudes towards SMART drumlines as a shark mitigation tool. Simmons, P. & Mehmet, M. (2019) NSW Department of Primary Industries, $58,691 (Completed Project)

A study of influences on preferences, tolerances and thresholds of acceptability for shark management options in NSW. Simmons, P.,  Mehmet, M. with Curley, B., Wolfenden, K. and Callaghan, K. (2018-2019) NSW DPI – NSW Shark Management Strategy, $50,000  (Completed Project) Project details

Shark deterrents and detection: Community perceptions, sentiment and preferences for shark management strategies. Simmons, P., Mehmet, M. and Clarke, R. (2017) NSW DPI  - NSW Shark Management Strategy (SMS) Competitive Annual Grants Program, $50,000   (Completed Project) Project details

Assessment of the attitudes of beach and ocean end-users to shark mitigation since trials of SMART Drumlines in NSW. Simmons, P., Mehmet, M. with contributing authors Curley, B. and Wolfenden, K.  (2018- 2019) NSW DPI – NSW Shark Management Strategy, $55,012  (Completed Project) Project details

Shark Sentiment Study. Simmons, P., Mehmet, M. & Callaghan, K. (PhD candidate) (2017-2020), NSW DPI – NSW Shark Management Strategy, $91,000  (Current Project)

This three year grant supported a CSU PhD scholarship and the research being undertaken by PhD candidate Kane Callaghan who was supervised by Associate Professor Peter Simmons, Dr Michael Mehmet (UOW) and Dr Belinda Curley (NSW DPI). His research topic is “Social media citizensourcing for policy-making: The case of sharks in NSW.”

March 2020