A study of the influences on preferences, tolerance, and thresholds of acceptability for shark management options in NSW

Peter Denyer-Simmons, Michael Mehmet, Kane Callaghan, Belinda Curley, Kim Wolfenden

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Abstract

Across the three phases of the study the project found:
• Very strong support for authorities helping people to accept and take responsibility for their safety – beach signage, education, research and advice that improves understanding of how to avoid unnecessary risk.
• Very high support for non-invasive strategies; consistently low support for invasive strategies.
• Least support for strategies that indiscriminately kill sharks and other marine life. People were in favour of strategies that offer protection to humans but did not negatively impact sharks.
• Sharks were rarely demonised as ‘killers’; most often they were characterised as integral to marine ecosystems. ‘The ocean is their home’ was very often stated.
• A strong dislike of ‘knee-jerk’ policymaking in response to isolated incidents and as political opportunism – Thoughtfully considered policy was well regarded, reactive management was not well received.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCSU Bathurst
PublisherInstitute of Land Water and Society
Commissioning bodyNSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI)
Number of pages115
ISBN (Electronic)9781864673616
ISBN (Print)9781864673616
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020

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