Reducing risk in human-shark interactions in NSW
Following shark sightings and incidents that occurred on the NSW North Coast in 2015/16, both the NSW Government and beachgoers have been responding in a number of ways in order to reduce the risk of shark interactions.
This report documents results of participatory workshops with community members in Ballina, Byron Bay and Lismore, which explored current beachgoer behaviour in relation to sharks and risk.
This research revealed important aspects of beachgoer behaviour, perceptions, and decision-making processes, and revealed the importance of participatory processes in developing a full understanding of community and stakeholder views, and their relevance to strategy and policy considerations.
Below are a summary report of findings and recommendations, and 3 visual artworks displaying the main findings of the workshops.
- Reducing risk in human-shark interactions in NSW : summary report (PDF, 7.4MB)
- Reducing shark risk at the beach (PDF, 14.2MB)
- Personal risk assessment (PDF, 13.4MB)
- Beachgoer decision making (PDF, 13MB)
For more information or to request a copy of the artworks please contact Dr Nick McClean (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Artworks by Dr Sue Pillans