The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy has issued the following statement in response to Barnstable County Commissioner's proposal related to sharks off the Cape's shores:
Atlantic White Shark Conservancy's response to Ron Beaty's 'shark hazard mitigation strategy' proposal:
The presence of white sharks off our coast is an indication of a healthy eco-system. The inshore waters off many Cape Cod and South Shore beaches are preferred feeding grounds for white sharks. They come to these areas to feed on a natural prey item - seals. Shark advisory signs, flags, videos and brochures produced by the Regional Shark Working Group provide Cape Cod beach users with information to improve public safety.
The proposal by Commissioner Beaty to kill white sharks to improve safety has been trialed in Western Australia without success. The program was terminated following review by the Australian Environmental Protection Authority. According to the Western Australia Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly, there was no evidence that the cull made beaches safer. The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy believes the proposal made by Commissioner Beaty is ill-considered, indiscriminate, and will not influence beach safety.