The SharkSafe Barrier™  has been developed to ensure the safety of beachgoers from shark related accidents.

Our product prevents the loss of tourism in areas visited by sharks and stop the environmental damage caused by shark cull policies.


Map of all shark related accidents from 1900 to 2020 – from the International Shark Attack File of the Florida Museum.




The fear associated with shark attacks has been creating a worldwide decline of beach usage, and a subsequent decline of income for local businesses and national tourism activities.

The attack on a surfer on Ballina Beach (Australia), caused a US$200,000 loss in sales for a local surf shop. The 19 shark incidents from 2011 to 2016 in La Reunion Island resulted in a US$4.5 million loss per year in tourism revenue.

Risks associated with shark attacks on beachgoers have been internationally addressed by deploying drumlines and shark nets: technologies developed to minimise shark attacks by reducing shark numbers. Shark nets in particular are not shark specific, and responsible for high levels of biodiversity loss by causing mortality of harmless sharks, whales, dolphins, sea turtles and large bony fishes.


Our innovation provides an eco-friendly alternative that will aid in biodiversity conservation and will reduce shark attacks and anxiety for beachgoers.

The eco-friendly SharkSafe Barrier™ biomimics the visual effect of a kelp forest (large marine seaweeds), and generates a strong magnetic field through ceramic magnets; this forms a double barrier (visual and magnetic) that keeps sharks from swimming through it. It is made of staggered rows of vertical HDPE pipes containing proprietary magnetic technology that creates a unique repellent to large sharks. Anchored to the seafloor, the SharkSafe Barrier™ allows any other marine life, such as seals and bony fishes, to swim through it, the same way they naturally utilize the kelp forest as a refuge. It also allows for boats to easily pass through.

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Our Services

  • An in-depth survey of each area of deployment
  • South Africa manufactured SharkSafe Barrier™ kit
  • Installation in partnership with local, on the ground teams
  • Training of a local team for ongoing
    monitoring and maintenance
  • Shipped worldwide

The initial survey is crucial to optimize the SharkSafe Barrier™ design and installation to the specific site, and to provide a realistic cost estimate.

Due to the need to combine the knowledge in the field of shark behaviour with coastal engineering, the established SharkSafe Barrier™ team personally conduct all site surveys.