Sign The Petition

We encourage you to sign the petition, below, to indicate your support for the removal of shark nets throughout KwaZulu-Natal. By signing this petition you are agreeing that the practice of shark culling through the use of shark nets is archaic and a new approach that significantly reduces or eliminates shark casualties must be implemented.

Weziwe Thusi, MEC for Arts, Culture and Tourism

Professor Bonke Dumisa, KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Chairman

(With a copy to the local KZN mayors in municipalities with shark net installations)

Regarding: The installation of Shark Nets in KwaZulu-Natal

Dear Mrs. Thusi and Professor Dumisa,

We are writing to you to express our grave concern over KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board’s shark meshing program. It is especially disturbing in this day and age, with all we know about sharks – including their dwindling numbers, their critical role in our ecosystem, and the small risk they pose to us.

The destructive practice of killing sharks, and all else that come in contact with the indiscriminate nets, including dolphins, rays, and turtles, is an unnecessary and outdated practice that requires immediate examination as well as a short-term plan for termination. Consistent with the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Act of 2008, we insist the Sharks Board commit their primary efforts to improving the environmental impact of their activities; the nets are no longer an acceptable option. We believe through a public awareness and education campaign combined with new environmentally friendly shark management approaches, as those in the Western Cape have proven, all can peacefully coexist in the oceans.

Not only do the nets pose considerable environmental issues, but they also pose economic issues as live sharks are worth more than dead ones in tourism dollars and the existence of the nets is tarnishing South Africa’s worldwide image as a leader in conservation and shark protection.  

We understand the value of live animals – including sharks – to the health of our environment, South Africa’s economics, and the world’s ecosystems, and we believe these rewards far outweigh the risks. And thus, we support the removal of the nets. This is an issue that rests in the hands of the public – and we rightfully should be given a chance to make our own educated decisions.


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Collected so far:
14185 signatures
Andre SwartSouth Africa
Mike OtgaatrSouth Africa
As someone who regularly enters the sea, I do so at my own risk. I DO NOT WANT shark nets and rum lines killing these animals that belong in the ocean
Schär SusannaSwitzerland
Pamela PozziSwitzerland
Clifford Oosthuizen 
Get rid of them
Megan StowSouth Africa
Jacqueline RouxSouth Africa
It is essential that we conserve these animals and in doing so conserve one of the most important ecosystems
Kay RossSouth Africa
valeria gimenez 
Sharon BowdenSouth AFrica
Karishma BhooliaSouth Africa
Priha PonnusamySouth Africa
Good campaign
Promote this petition to every province
Eleanor BobSouth Africa
Claudette RoodtParkhill, Durban North, South Africa
Remove the Shark nets. it is necessary.
Kelli RossSouth Africa
Warren TaylorSouth Africa
Raptor James 
Please remove the nets! It kills more then just sharks!
bradley jamesSouth Africa
i would very much like to be more involved
Jacques NelSouth Africa
Remove the nets!
Lukas RösslerAustria
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