Shark injuries still uncommon

Press Release – Accident Compensation Corporation

ACC has released figures showing that shark-related injuries are still extremely rare in New Zealand. (Shark-related claims cover a range of injuries including puncture wounds from dorsal fin spines through to back injuries while landing a shark.)28 February 2013

Shark injuries still uncommon

ACC has released figures showing that shark-related injuries are still extremely rare in New Zealand. (Shark-related claims cover a range of injuries including puncture wounds from dorsal fin spines through to back injuries while landing a shark.)

Accident Calendar Year Claim Count Claim Costs to Date (Ex GST)
2000 7 $639
2001 20 $2,733
2002 5 $140
2003 11 $34,365
2004 8 $2,836
2005 19 $22,784
2006 13 $38,831
2007 15 $52,570
2008 17 $13,013
2009 18 $2,127
2010 18 $4,840
2011 23 $6,744
2012 21 $18,737
Grand Total 195 $200,358

The following table shows the total number of accepted claims that are specific to shark bites since 2000.

Calendar years Total no of accepted claims for shark bites
2000-2012 94

ENDS

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