Member - SharkSafe Barrier Pty Ltd

We provide the first effective and nature inspired eco-friendly barrier to protect swimmers and surfers from sharks.

Type Startup or self-employed
Founder 2014
Company Size 5
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Founders Michael Rutzen, Sara Andreotti, Conrad Matthee, Anita Nel, Laurie Barwell
Headquarters Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7602, South Africa
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SharkSafe Barrier Pty Ltd


The SharkSafe BarrierTM technology consists of merging two well-known shark deterrent technologies: it bio-mimics the visual appearance of a kelp forest and emits a strong magnetic field.
The SharkSafe BarrierTM technology proved to be 100% effective to exclude great white sharks and bull sharks from a food source in all tests conducted. The results of the scientific tests are published in peer reviewed scientific journals ( The SharkSafe Barrier concept has been patented in Australia (213350811), Europe (13821175.0), the USA (14/647,646) and Africa (F2016/00959; F2016/00960; F2016/00961; F2016/00962).
Headquarters Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7602, South Africa

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We want to change the relationship between beach goers and sharks. We believe we found the perfect way to coexist with the most notorious predators of the oceans, without harming them. SharkSafe Barrier merges visuals and magnetic shark specific deterrents to keeps large sharks separated from swimmers and surfers. The alternatives to SSB are either designed to protect individual surfers, rather than the whole beach and surfing area (i.e. shark-pod), or, if protecting the beach, they are high maintenance solutions and neither eco-friendly (shark nets and drumlines) nor shark specific (eco-barrier and exclusion net). Where local tourism is effected by shark attacks the SharkSafe Barrier can create a shark-free area for an estimated price of less than 22 USD per m2. We are looking for a visionary beach owner or manager to join us, in our mission of providing beach-goers safety, without harming the marine environment.

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Available inCaribbean, Central America, Northern America, Eastern Asia, Western Asia, Western Europe, Sudan, Egypt, Tunisia, South Africa, Brazil, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Greece, Malta, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Status Tested implementation