Repelling sharks to save them...and us!
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Presented by Dr Ryan Kempster
Shark repellents have traditionally been used to reduce the risk of ‘attack’, but they also play a role in reducing bycatch and, ultimately, protecting these ecologically and economically important species. Ryan Kempster, a shark biologist at UWA, will reveal the history of shark repellent technology with insights into his latest research findings and conservation outreach programs to protect sharks and us.
About Dr Ryan Kempster:
Ryan Kempster is a Marine Neuroecologist (Sensory Biologist) and founder of the shark conservation group Support Our Sharks (supportoursharks.com). Ryan began his research with an M.Sc. in Marine Biology at Bangor University (U.K.) and later moved to Australia to complete a Ph.D. at the University of Western Australia. Ryan’s research focuses on the sensory biology of sharks with the ultimate goal of refining and improving shark repellent devices to protect ocean users and reduce shark bycatch in commercial fisheries.