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Shark Mitigation System’s SAMS Technology Validated by Independent Testing



Shark Mitigation Systems (ASX:SM8), an ASX-listed company focussed on ethically reducing the risk of shark attacks, has announced positive results from independent scientific testing of one of its key visual pattern technologies, known as SAMS.

SAMS is a series of designs based on scientific analysis of shark’s visual systems that can be applied to a variety of applications, including neoprene wetsuits, to disrupt sharks’ ability to visually detect its prey.

As the leader in shark mitigation technology, Shark Mitigation Systems has been successfully marketing and licensing its SAMS technology for 5 years. This technology has now been further validated by scientific testing which has been conducted at Mossel Bay in South Africa in partnership with one of the world’s leading research universities, the University of Western Australia (UWA).

Mossel Bay is well-known as a site with an active population of white sharks. UWA testing compared more than 111 great white shark interactions on specialised equipment with unbaited neoprene material. Sharks took an average of 90 seconds to engage with a “control” black neoprene, while interactions between sharks and SAMS disruptive colouration design took between five to six minutes.

“We’ve known and trusted how effective our technology can be to aid in saving human lives in our oceans. And now with the completion of live scientific testing adding to the body of significant evidence demonstrating its effectiveness, the company takes a major step forward,” said Craig Anderson, Co-founder of Shark Mitigation Systems.

“Unbaited testing is the best way to replicate real-life scenarios. This testing has shown that our technology can increase the time taken before a shark encounter by up to 400% and has some obvious safety implications.”

The company continues to commercialise its SAMS technology, having already signed licencing agreements with a number of water apparel companies, including leading global swimwear brand Arena.

Professor Shaun Collin of the UWA Oceans Institute said: “We have been testing SAMS visual technology for several years now, and it is fantastic that we now have a data set of interactions with white sharks that is large enough to be statistically valid and capable of scientific analysis. The outcome is compelling and it is exciting to see results from our scientist’s new knowledge of shark visual systems making an impact on practical outcomes.”

The completion of these results is well timed for Shark Mitigation Systems as the company has attended the Global Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) Trade Show in the USA over the past week, which is a major event for the industry, attracting approximately 9,000 diving industry experts.

In addition to SAMS, Shark Mitigation Systems is also developing its Clever Buoy technology, which uses sonar equipment and specialised software attached to a surface buoy to monitor nearby shark activity. Clever Buoy has been used by the World Surf League and the company is also fielding interest from a variety of governments, private beach resorts and the commercial aquaculture industry.

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Northern Diver’s Storm Semi-Dry Wetsuit gets an updated look



The Storm Semi-Dry Wetsuit from Northern Diver has been around for decades and is the perfect choice for new or expert divers, casual or professional divers, first-time wetsuit buyers as well as seasoned, experienced watersports enthusiasts.

Suitable for use in cool waters, the Storm’s anatomical pattern is crafted for optimum comfort, and the seals at the wrists and ankles feature Northern Diver’s widely acclaimed smooth skin, which has a great feel and helps stop water flush.

Developed over time to be constructed from a softer and more flexible neoprene which makes it easy to put on and take off, the water suit maximizes the range of motion and improves overall comfort. The front entry vertical-cut YKK plastic zip increases long-term durability and ease of use.

Abrasion-resistant subtle overprinting on shoulders protects against shifting gear such as BCDs from slipping off the shoulder, printed protection on the cuffs helps with grip to keep any dive wrist gauges and computers in place. Strong pad elbow, knee and seat areas are built into the pattern of the wetsuit giving even more abrasion resistance in the highest wear areas.

The Storm steamer wetsuit is predominantly 6mm thick in the vital areas of the body, with a 4mm thickness in areas requiring extra flexibility and movement. Ribbed neoprene features at the back of the elbows and knees for further comfort and flexibility when in action.

Constructed from high quality superstretch neoprene with reinforced blind stitching in critical stress points, these wetsuits are designed for durability and flexibility whether you’re on or in the water. The perfect balance between function and aesthetic appeal, this steamer wetsuit has long arms and long legs making it most effective at maintaining warmth.

For more information about Northern Diver products visit their website by clicking here.

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Grown, Not Made: Introducing the fourth element Surface Suit



A great wetsuit that keeps you warm can make or break your time in the water and neoprene has long been the material of choice for thermal protection. However, Petroleum-based wetsuits rely on oil exploration and drilling, neither of which are good for our planet. The high levels of energy required to produce petroleum neoprene contribute towards climate change, releasing toxic gasses emitted in the chemical processing plants.

Surface, made using Yulex Pure™, offers a unique solution. Without compromising on strength and performance, it uses completely natural rubber that comes from a sustainable source using earth-gentle processes.

Yulex Pure™ is FSC® Certified, ultra-pure natural rubber grown in the USA. The plants are grown without artificial irrigation systems and the materials are processed with recycled water. Even the waste plant material after the rubber extraction process is used as biomass fuel for electricity generation. The lining fabrics are created from ocean-bound plastic bottles, recycled and spun into polyester yarn. Water-based glues are used to bond the foam to the fabrics and the prints are water-based or embossed; every care has been taken to minimise the environmental impact of this product.

The Surface is designed for life in the water from diving, freediving and snorkelling to surface watersports such as stand up paddleboarding, surfing and open water swimming. The minimal design features a mini chest zipper, eliminating the need for a back zip, radically improving mobility and minimizing the opportunity for water to enter the suit though the teeth of the zip. The flexible rubber of the suit provides freedom of movement and the inner ankle and wrist seals ensure that suit flush is minimized.

Do you want a more sustainable wetsuit that will enable future generations to keep enjoying our underwater world?

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