Shark nets were first introduced
in NSW in 1937 on the 150th anniversary of the state (Frick, 2015). The
nets were put in place in case of a possible shark attack during the anniversary
as politicians were concerned about the likely bad publicity that would come
from a shark related incident (Frick, 2015). In 1962 in the Gold Coast,
Queensland, a program, Queensland Shark Control Program or QSCP, was presented
along the popular beaches to minimise shark incidents with beachgoers by using
a combination of shark nets and baited drum lines (Volep, Carroll, Strauss, Meynecke, Kobashi 2017).