New shark-resistant open-ocean aquaculture netting introduced

A Marketwatch press-release announced the introduction of a new “shark-resistant” netting for use with open-ocean fish farming. The netting, dubbed PREDATOR-X, is comprised of both stainless steel wire and high-strength polyethylene fiber manufactured by Dyneema®.

Field tests at Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) indicate that the netting is resistant to bites even from large bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas).

Presumably, netting that prevents sharks from creating holes and entering aquaculture nets is not only beneficial to the fish-farming operators but also to any sharks and other wild marine life that could potentially get trapped inside the netting after entering through a tear or hole.

For more information, check out the press release at Marketwatch.

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