Exploring the social complexities of
Shark depredation, or when a shark eats a fish before it is landed by a fisher, has proven to be a frequent source of human-wildlife conflict in commercial and recreational fisheries globally. Such interactions can cause significant economic losses for fishers by reducing catch and increasing gear expenses, and can be very frustrating for fishers. Consequently, sharks are increasingly being perceived as a nuisance. Although work to quantify shark depredation is increasing, beyond basic economic impacts, the social dimensions of shark depredation haven't been looked at. By interviewing recreational and commercial fishers in Queensland, this project seeks to explore stakeholders' perceptions, experiences, priorities, and values surrounding management of shark depredation.
Photo: Andrew Chin
Specifically the aims of this study are to:
- Begin to understand the experiences of shark depredation and potential management options within the Queensland fisheries community;
- Explore how these perceptions and other values affect management processes and outcomes; and
- Illuminate opportunities to better manage shark depredation in line with the concerns of primary stakeholders
Photo: Thomas Vignaud