Beaches to receive shark nets
By Tarryn Le Chat
15 September 2006
Cape Town may get shark nets at some beaches to protect swimmers against shark attacks.
According to the Cape Times, this is one of the recommendations of a major report released yesterday designed to increase the safety of people using the sea around the peninsula, while keeping the impact on endangered Great White sharks to a minimum.
The report states that the nets proposed for selected local beaches are known as “exclusion nets” which have a small mesh and act as fence between swimmers and sharks, but do not kill sharks or other marine creatures.
The exclusion nets can be used only in calm areas inside the surf zone.
Proposals are that exclusion nets are feasible for Fish Hoek, Gordon’s Bay and Simon’s Town.