NSW Department of Primary Industries – NSW Shark Management Strategy, $50,000
Rural and Regional Communities
Associate Professor Peter Simmons, Dr Michael Mehmet, with Dr Belinda Curley (NSW DPI), Kim Wolfenden (NSW DPI) and Kane Callaghan, (PhD candidate)
Attitudes to shark management are influenced by contextual factors that influence perceptions and tolerance of risk, and acceptability of different strategy options.
This project is exploring beach and ocean user attitudes to options for shark management, with a special focus on circumstances that influence perceptions, preferences, tolerances and behaviours. It is using a three stage approach.
Stage One explores social media sentiment (by obtaining publicly available Facebook and Twitter data) to gain insights into dimensions of preference for different shark management strategies, influence on risk tolerances and thresholds for changes to attitude.
Stage Two is using these insights to guide six focus groups conducted with beach and ocean users on north, central and south NSW coasts. It will also explore ‘tolerance’ in areas of significant recent incidents.
Stage Three, informed by stages one and two, will measure specific beach and ocean users’ (eg. surfers and swimmers) tolerance and thresholds for different shark management options.
This research aims to:
Associate Professor Peter Simmons
Dr Michael Mehmet