SharkGuard is one of several technologies under development to reduce incidental payoff of sharks. In January, scientists published a study that set up attaching LED lights to huge fishing nets off the seacoast of Mexico slashed by bycatch of sharks and shafts 95%.
Fishtek estimates a SharkGuard induction charging system for 2,000 hooks would bring about $20,000 and last three to five times. To convert marketable lines to borrow SharkGuard, however, Fishtek will have to demonstrate the technology does n’t reduce catch of tuna and other seafood.
Catch of bluefin tuna during the trials in France was inopportunely low but it couldn't be determined if SharkGuard was a factor, according to the paper. Enever noted that a Fishtek device of an analogous size has been stationed by longline fisheries on hundreds of thousands of hooks to discourage payoff of seabirds without an impact on catch.
Graham said biases like SharkGuard are substantially likely to be stationed on longline vessels regulated by indigenous fisheries operation organizations. However, SharkGuard can absolutely help them, she said, “If they want to be sustainable.”
“But we're seeing a really big swell in demand for wolf meat across multiple countries around the globe,” she added. “So if people are just adding fishing trouble across the board, they may not want to reduce their catch of sharks. And I suppose that is going to be one of the crucial challenges to espousing this type of technology.”