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Scientists have devised a new way to help fishermen stop accidentally catching sharks. This is the SharkGuard. It emits short electrical pulses that repel sharks away from fishing lines.

Accidentally catching sharks is a big problem. By some estimates, 100 million sharks, skates and rays are killed each year when fishermen are fishing for other things.

The SharkGuard has had success in preliminary studies. The lead researcher said this: “It’s reducing blue shark and pelagic [oceanic, not bottom dwelling] stingray catch on these hooks, so we can be quite confident for these species in this fishery. But [SharkGuard] needs to be designed on a case-by-case basis to ensure it’s fit for purpose.”

Great! Save the sharks, doo doo do do doo doo!

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