Our local charter, authorised by
To gather data for the global shark attack file
that is maintained by the S.R.I. This data is used by researchers
worldwide to identify factors which are conducive to, or may trigger
shark attacks. Data is accessed by physicians to determine treatment
protocols for shark attack victims.
What is the Australasian shark
The Australasian shark attack file, is a subset of
the Global Shark Attack file (G.S.A.F.) which is accessed primarily by
medical personnel, shark behaviourists and life savers. It exists
because too many physicians and medical personnel were unable to access
data from other sources, for their patients.
Why supply information to us
The Australasian Shark Attack file (A.S.A.F.) and
the Global Shark Attack file are not competitors with the Australian
Shark Attack file or the International Shark Attack file. The two
databases collect different types of information because each has a
different function. ISAF produces statistics for the comercial arena,
whilst the G.S.A.F. and A.S.A.F performs forensic examinations of
attacks because we serve medical personnel, shark behaviourists
& life savers world-wide.
What are the credentials of the
Recognised world wide as specialists.
- World recognised shark behavioural scientists
- Forensic shark attack investigators
- Orthopaedic surgeons
- Forensic odontologists
- Marine biologists
- Technical writers and authors
- Specialist police licensed investigators.
- Shark researchers
- Research and development electronic engineers
- Field investigators in different countries
Who is the G.S.A.F. associated with
Although the Global Shark Attack file operates
under the aegis of S.R.I., more and more these days it functions as an
umbrella network that includes a number of independent shark attack
files in the Mediterranean, Africa, South America and Australia. Until
the Australasian Shark Attack file was in place, Australia was one of
the few countries in the world which would not contribute to the Global
Shark Attack file.
How long has it been going
Since 1991, however, it contains all of South
Africa's records, including the complete files of Dr David Davies,
archival shark attack case histories from many sources and research
facilities, as well as all cases investigated by our field researchers.
The G.S.A.F. main data base contains over 4067
confirmed Shark Attacks
dating from 751 B.C. to current times.
Why don't all cases get investigated
As a general rule, we do investigate all attacks,
however, we need more investigators to feed information back to our info forum. It
would seem, for every attack, there are 45 close calls.. Close calls
don't make the news.
USA - Australia connection
In setting up this information site, as strange as
it may seem, we had problems in setting up a working relationship with
government agencies in Australia. There seemed to be a lot of secrecy
and beaurocracy, even to the point of undoing some of our inroads to
the agencies which could see the benefit of our endeavours.
We have found that the S.R.I. in the U.S.A. have
not only taken us seriously, they have responded in a timely and
professional manner every single time. If you take into account the
time difference, we have received same day and even hourly feedback
from researchers and scientist of worldwide authority magnitude. All
coordinated by the S.R.I. liaison offices in the U.S.A. (Marie Levine)
We are proud to be the Australasian Shark Attack
data collection site for the G.S.A.F.
Why are we doing this
Even with our research credentials, we could not
access data available within Australia. There is a need for information
to made available to those who require it. Even some government
agencies have said they can't get access to information.
What are we doing within Australia,
New Zealand and Tasmania
In order to put things into perspective, the first
step is to make available the initial information on the internet. This
would allow public scrutiny and help fill in any missing data. Because
the data is out in the open, the lid of secrecy is removed.
We no longer give media comment. On the rare occasion an attack occurs, we see information which has been taken out of context, mis quoted or just a downright falsehood. Just enjoy nature for what it is, sure, there are risks...what activity doesnt. You have more chance of being injured on the way to the beach. Myself, I only fear the actions of man against man, this is the true shame in life.