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SharkSafe Barrier

An eco-friendly, low maintenance and shark-specific technology that separates sharks from swimmers and surfers

November 2020
January 2024
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Fear associated with shark attacks is causing a sharp decline in beach usage where these accidents frequently occur. SSB is the only scientifically tested, eco-friendly shark-specific barrier that protects surfers, swimmers, and large sharks, whilst safe-guarding and contributing to the integrity of marine biodiversity. SSB merges the biomimicry of a thick kelp forest, known to be a natural barrier to some shark species, with large permanent magnets (overwhelms shark electro-magnetic receptors) to create a shark-deterrent magnetic field. The SSB works 24/7 and 20 times cheaper to maintain than shark exclusion nets. This technology solves international problems associated with shark attacks including loss of lives, income for local businesses, and loss of biodiversity in marine ecosystems associated with current shark culling programs. It thus contributes to the preservation of a healthy ocean ecosystem, while also promoting the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth.

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Label Date January 12, 2024
From South Africa
Maturity stage Initial market commercialization
Looking For Network, New clients, Visibility, Funding, Partners, Credibility

The environmental benefits

  • Can be installed beyond the surf zone, protecting both swimmers and surfers in areas renowned for shark-human conflict. Maintenance of the SSB is 20x cheaper than current methods used to prevent shark-human conflict
  • Has proved to be 100 % effective in deterring white and bull sharks - SSB protects people without causing any harm to sharks and other marine species, enhancing marine biodiversity
  • Made from recycled and recyclable HDPE plastic, re-usable stainless steel and magnets that have an indefinite lifespan

The Financial benefits

  • The cost of the Shark Safe BarrierTM can be recovered within 5 years from installation, due to the cheaper maintenance costs, when compared to alternatives currently used

Activity Region

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South Africa,

North america


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Company Profile

SharkSafe Barrier Pty Ltd

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

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Headquarters Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7602, South Africa

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International Cleantech Network

The International Cleantech Network (ICN) is a global network of 13 cleantech clusters on the international forefront of providing innovative and sustainable solutions to meet the growing demand for green technologies.

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Cleantech Group

The Cleantech Group is a company that supports the development and marketability of clean technologies. The Cleantech Group provides members of its Cleantech network access to capital, investors, research and promotional opportunities. The group also provides advisory services for large corporations and governments. Founded in 2002, the Cleantech Group owns the term "cleantech" as a registered trademark.

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