Australia declare that drones are the next safety wave to patrol for sharks
Just in time for the holiday season, the Australian Government has announced that its coasts are to be patrolled by drones looking for inquisitive sharks to counter the fears over a growing number of attacks/sightings.
The Northern coast are trialling the concept that will see UAVs scanning the waters close to beaches in search for sharks, feeding images and co-ordinates back to operators. The first test is to take place at Coffs Harbour, about 200km from where a surfer was killed by a shark in February.
The NSW minister for primary industries, Niall Blair, commented: “There is no easy way to reduce risks for swimmers and surfers. We are delivering on a commitment to test the best science available, including new technologies, as we try to find a long term-term solution to keep our beaches safe.”
The quadcopters, each mounted with a camera, are part of a fast tracked A$16 million (£7.5million) state government protection program implemented in the hope of reversing a disastrous decline in tourism revenue for towns along the Australian shoreline.