Collaborators are CSU, University of Wollongong (UOW) and NSW DPI who have provided funding through the NSW Shark Management Strategy (SMS) Competitive Annual Grants Program
Associate Professor Peter Simmons, Dr Michael Mehmet and Associate Professor Rod Clarke, (UOW)
Photo from left Dr Michael Mehmet and A/Prof Peter Simmons
Community perceptions will influence acceptability and effectiveness of the NSW Shark Management Strategy (SMS) and its different components. The SMS directly affects the safety of humans and non-human aquatic species. It also impacts a range of social and economic interests such as businesses, tourism operators, councils and coastal recreation.
The project aims to:
Provide evidence to inform shark management policy development and communication
Report on and explain community perceptions of:
The project will use mixed research methods in two stages. The first stage will analyse community perceptions publicly available in popular social media sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter.) The second stage will use interviews/focus groups with key social and economic stakeholders groups impacted by shark management policy. The main locations for the groups will be sites of previous unprovoked shark attack; highly significant tourist areas; North coast; Mid-north coast; Central coast; South coast; Sydney Metropolitan and Far south coast.
The project is part of an on-going national and international research project providing evidence and guidelines supporting human-wildlife coexistence policy and management with a focus on communication. It links three Australian and three Malaysian universities.
Information from this project will be used to:
Associate Professor Peter Simmons email
Dr Michael Mehmet email