Sharks suck. They’re all teeth and fins. No fun at all when you’re swimming, that’s for sure. The NSW Government shares this perspective, and wants to buy a fleet of drones to scan the coastline for the finned menace to protect swimmers.
The New South Wales’ Department of Primary Industries is looking into the use of drones for shark detection with a leading university, but wouldn’t confirm the parties involved due to “commercial sensitivity”.
Randwick Council had investigated drones for shark detection earlier this year, but baulked at the idea after realising it would have to employ drone pilots, who are jolly expensive.
Coastal drones have been proposed for everything from monitoring illegal fishing boats through to detecting asylum seeker boats in conjunction with Operation Sovereign Borders. [SMH]
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