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South Australian business may have solution to shark problem in Port Lincoln

6 September 2005

Sunday's shark attack in Port Lincoln along with numerous sightings over recent months have rocked the local community, creating fear for public safety and drawing attention to the possible effects of commercial fishing in the area.

Offshore tuna processing operations typically produce between 2,000 and 3,000 litres of blood water per hour, with the process spanning between 4 and 10 hours per day, depending on quotas.

"That's up to 30,000 litres of blood water that has to be dealt with each day, for every vessel. It stands to reason that if any of this blood gets into the water untreated, sharks will be attracted, posing a direct threat to lives" according to Mark Sharoglazov, Baleen Filters Media Manager.

The Baleen Filter provides a cost effective solution to this waste-water dilemma. Industry based trials conducted recently have shown that following Baleen treatment, filtered matter is cleaned dramatically, to the extent that it visibly resembles tap water.

The process of coagulation, flocculation and micro screening removes process debris and blood constituents prior to disposal. The matter removed from the waste stream is finally collected in a de-watered state, such that the separated solids can possibly be sold as a by-product, further adding to the economic viability of the operation.

Currently there are limited facilities for blood water treatment in Port Lincoln. The Baleen Filter is compact enough to be installed on board the fishing vessels themselves, or on shore for waste stream processing when the vessels dock.

The South Australian made Baleen Filter offers an excellent opportunity to promote environmental health and eliminate a public safety issue.

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