SharkDefense has developed a series of chemical repellents which affect olfaction (smell) and gustation (taste) in a wide variety of shark species. These chemical shark repellents have high specificity, making them ideal for shark bycatch reduction applications in fisheries.
- Does not affect market-valuable bony fish (teleosts)
- Is not based on the old (US Navy) “SharkChaser”
- Is not copper acetate, maleic acid, or sodium lauryl (dodecyl) sulfate
- Is not based on dyes, such as nigrosine
- Is non-lethal to sharks
- Is not an electronic, visual, or acoustic product
- Is able to be incorporated into materials and formulations
We have amassed repellency data on over 2,000 chemical entities. Records contain information on chemical structure, closed/open systems, species, dose, and response. We offer access to our database for a subscription fee. Please contact us for research inquiries.
Legacy Chemical Repellent References
“Kindler, Gentler Repellents” – ReefQuest Centre for Shark Research
Dr. J. A. Sisneros – “Shark Repellents – Past, Present, and Future”
Shark repellent development at Marineland Studios
J. D. Radcliffe on the Woods Hole project, 1940’s
“Smell and Taste” – ReefQuest Centre for Shark Research