Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

30-4-2015 2:00 PM

End Date

30-4-2015 3:55 PM

Project Type

Poster

Description

In the past twelve months, Australia has faced five fatal shark attacks. Some researchers have attributed this spike in shark attacks to increased populations. Since 1990, the Australian population has increased from 17 million to 23 million. As sharks are relatively common in Australia, the governments of some states have implemented culling as a shark attack mitigation strategy. However, under the Fisheries Management Act 1994 and the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, this program is listed as a Key Threatening Processes as it has harmed two or more threatened species listed under those acts, which has rendered it quite controversial and has ignited a lot of media attention in Australia. In an effort to provide incentives to move away from such controversial strategies, we would like to determine high-risk shark attack areas within Australia based on geospatial factors in order to educate the public on ways to avoid being attacked.

Faculty Sponsor

Philip Nyhus

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Environmental Studies Program

CLAS Field of Study

Interdisciplinary Studies

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1377

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Apr 30th, 2:00 PM Apr 30th, 3:55 PM

The Utilization of Spatial Analysis to Predict Areas of High Shark Attack Risk

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

In the past twelve months, Australia has faced five fatal shark attacks. Some researchers have attributed this spike in shark attacks to increased populations. Since 1990, the Australian population has increased from 17 million to 23 million. As sharks are relatively common in Australia, the governments of some states have implemented culling as a shark attack mitigation strategy. However, under the Fisheries Management Act 1994 and the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, this program is listed as a Key Threatening Processes as it has harmed two or more threatened species listed under those acts, which has rendered it quite controversial and has ignited a lot of media attention in Australia. In an effort to provide incentives to move away from such controversial strategies, we would like to determine high-risk shark attack areas within Australia based on geospatial factors in order to educate the public on ways to avoid being attacked.

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