The summit, at Taronga Park Zoo on Tuesday, was attended by 70 shark experts from Australia, South Africa and the United States who looked at a range of possible technology solutions designed to protect surfers and swimmers.
The summit was called by the NSW Government following its release of the results of an independent review into shark deterrent technologies that identified possible options for trial, including electric deterrent barriers, physical and visual barriers, sonar technologies and satellite and acoustic technology, for tagging and real-time tracking of tagged sharks.
The review, however, found that only one deterrent — a shark spotting program — was suitable for immediate trial.
There have been 13 shark attacks in NSW so far this year, up from three in 2014. One surfer has been killed.
The NSW Premier, Mike Baird, has said the government is looking at all possible technology options for deterring sharks. “As a result of today we will have technologies that we will be able to advance through testing this summer — within our own controlled environments or on the coast.
“Whatever the experts come up with today, we will take that information and advance it as quickly as possible.”