Remove the nets - save our sharks
  • Petitioned KwaZulu Natal Sharks Board

This petition was delivered to:

Mthokozisi Radebe
KwaZulu Natal Sharks Board
Department of Environmental Affairs
Department of Environmental Affairs
Office of the Premier: KwaZulu Natal
Dr Zweli Lawrence Mkhize

Remove the nets - save our sharks

    1. Karen Wadsworth
    2. Petition by

      Karen Wadsworth

      Benoni, South Africa

Over the last few weeks the archaic nets used by the Sharks Board has caused the death of numerous sharks and other marine life. At least 5 Tiger sharks, 1 Great White and a Black Tip were tangled in the nets and drowned. Approximately 9 Tigers and a Great White were released from the nets, but their survival is in doubt, as the lactic acid which builds up while entangled could cause their death anyway. These nets are recognised as being inneffective in keeping sharks away from bathers, sharks are able to swim under or around the nets.

The only purpose then is to give a false sense of security. Is that worth the harm we risk by killing off our protected species? The killing of marine life in a Marine Protected Area is then senseless and cruel. There are other means that can be used to limit the amount of inshore shark activity, and these methods should be investigated as alternatives.

Sharks are vital to the marine ecology and the sharks which have been killed are protected / already endangered species. The nets are also responsible for killing other marine life, such as dolphins and whales.This petition conclusively shows that the general population would much rather ensure the sustainability of our oceans and marine life, and we implore the Sharks Board to remove the nets and stop the slaughter.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Fast Facts

      Karen Wadsworth
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone for signing the petition. We are 38 signatures away from being able to submit it. All marine life thanks you for helping.

      Some facts about the nets (thank you to Diving In Africa for sharing Claire Ann Beyers (Shared Viz Scuba Dive Club) dissection of the information for us:
      (source KZN Sharks Board website)

      1/3 of sharks caught in the nets are caught on the beach side of the nets

      Nets are laid in two parallel rows approx 400 metres offshore and in depths of 10 to 14 metres.
      The nets are open to the sea and do not enclose a beach area. Sharks can swim over, under or around the ends of the nets.

      Nets are serviced week days. They are'nt serviced over weekends, which are high-bather utilisation times. It follows that animals caught in the nets after servicing of the nets on a Friday will remain in the nets until Monday. This means the caught animal will die and possibly even serve as an attraction to sharks in the area.

      Remove the nets!

    3. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Alan Hosmer DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
      • over 2 years ago

      Nets are outdated and worthless at protecting bathers BUT are highly efficient at killing all manner of creatures. The decline in the global shark population is enough reason to do everything in our power to stop the unnecessary slaughter of sharks in the name of "safety" and "commercialism".

    • Usha Tewari WINNIPEG, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      We need to save the sharks & our sea

    • charles nelson GERMISTON, SOUTH AFRICA
      • over 2 years ago

      About two months ago some six tiger sharks were killed in them nets off Durban sad very sad SCUBA DIVER

    • Natascha Weber DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
      • over 2 years ago

      The nets don't really protect the bathers. Marine life usually gets caught on the way out, not in! The nets are there to decimate the shark numbers!

    • Cormac McCreesh DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
      • over 2 years ago

      What will our children think of us if we don't take steps now to protect our oceans and marine life. It's their future we're messing with, not only ours.


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