Join shark activist and filmmaker Madison Stewart in an exclusive digital 12-part series from Project Earth—The Deep End. Stewart, a.k.a. Shark Girl is seeking ways to protect and live alongside the oceans’ top predators: sharks.

In this premiere episode, Stewart takes a look at the harmful practice of using shark nets in her native Australia. According to Stewart, Australia’s shark control program, which tries to protect swimmers from shark attacks, places nets and baited hooks offshore. But these nets have been killing sharks instead. Stewart explains why the nets fail to serve the best interests of the country, the beachgoers, and especially the marine ecosystem. She also highlights some of the powerful measures—such as a hunger strike—that shark activists are taking to change the status quo.”