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A notice at a beach protected by the Board

The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board (KZNSB), previously the Natal Sharks Board and Natal Anti-Shark Measures Board is an organisation that maintains a "shark control" program (using shark nets and drum lines) off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa, at 37 places.[1] The purpose of the nets and drum lines is to reduce the number of shark attacks. It was founded as a statutory body in 1962, when the city of Durban's netting operations were extended to other parts of the coast in the then Natal Province.[2][3] It is headquartered at Umhlanga.

The Natal Sharks Board marketed the first protective oceanic device called the Shark POD, a personal device to deter sharks.[4][5]

The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board displays sharks that they have killed as part of shows.[6][7]

The "shark control" program that the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board (KZNSB) operates has been called a shark cull.[8] In a 30-year period, more than 33,000 sharks have been killed in the KZNSB's shark-killing program — during the same 30-year period, 2,211 turtles, 8,448 rays, and 2,310 dolphins were killed.[8] Although shark species such as the great white shark are protected in South Africa, the KZNSB is allowed to kill these sharks (an exception was made for them).[8] The KZNSB has installed shark nets in Marine Protected Areas, and those nets kill animals.[8] The current KZNSB "shark control" program has been criticized by environmentalists, and has been called "archaic" and "disastrous to the ecosystem".[8][9] Jane Williamson, an associate professor in marine ecology at Macquarie University, says "There is no scientific support for the concept that culling sharks in a particular area will lead to a decrease in shark attacks and increase ocean safety."[10]

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  1. ^ KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board. About Us. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "History of protection against shark attack in KZN". KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board. Archived from the original on 12 April 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  3. ^ "An overview of the KZN Sharks Board". KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  4. ^ "SharkShield Testing". Australia's Marine Direct. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Electrical Shark Repellent". KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  6. ^ SA Places. Natal Sharks Board. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  7. ^ Pownall, Angela (June 9, 2014). "Drum Lines Part Of Life In South Africa For 50 Years". Archived from the original on 2018-10-02. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Shark Nets". Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  9. ^ Cole, Barbara (August 3, 2018). "Durban activists claim 'shark nets serve no purpose'". Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  10. ^ "Mike Baird is right, culling sharks doesn’t work – here’s what we can do instead." Jane Williamson. August 17, 2015. Retrieved November 20, 2018.

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