County Commissioner Ron Beaty has proposed a radical solution to recent shark appearances near Cape Cod beaches. As reported in today's Boston Herald, Beaty proposes the deployment of baited drum lines with hooks to kill sharks near beaches. Those sharks not killed by the trap would be shot and their bodies disposed of at sea.
Beaty's full statement on the topic appears below. Cape Cod Today has reached out to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and International Fund for Animal Welfare for their reaction.
Barnstable Village (Cape Cod), Tuesday, August 22, 2017: Barnstable County Commissioner Ron Beaty announced a proposal today for a Cape Cod version of a targeted, localized shark hazard mitigation strategy.
Beaty said, "First and foremost, it needs to be made clear that all appropriate federal and state permissions and official protocols must first be sought and followed prior to implementing the following proposal which has been successfully utilized in other countries like Australia and South Africa."
Beaty continued, "From my viewpoint, based upon the sharp increase in shark related attacks and incidents around Cape Cod in recent years, there is a clear and present danger to human life as a result of this growing problem."
Beaty elaborated, "This proposal entails use of baited drum lines being deployed near popular beaches using hooks designed to catch great white sharks. Large sharks found hooked but still alive are shot and their bodies discarded at sea. This is a targeted, localized, shark hazard mitigation strategy."
County Commissioner Beaty is seeking feedback from all concerned parties regarding the shark mitigation strategy proposal.
RONALD BEATY, Barnstable County Commissioner