Letter - "Seals & Sharks & Solutions - OH MY"

from Willy Planinshek of Yarmouth Port

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Having been involved since the untimely death of Arthur Medici with a Shark Mitigation Solution, It`s easy for me to see and understand the Cape`s unrest with the Woods Hole Group report findings. The Cape`s citizens were looking for a Technical Solution to ease their Public Beach Safety and the Cape`s financial solvency, they were let down.

The Woods Hole Group, in my opinion could not reduce or narrow the technology applicants, due to the research and development costs of this unique ecological concern, private funding has not been invested in by the applicants. Many of the Technology Mitigation Solutions were in the “Proposed Stage of Development” or shallow in their performance efforts to date. This is a complex issue with Government & State oversight, township budget requirements, deployment, maintenance, sandbar movement related to weather, real time warning, response resources, training of multiple first responder officials just to name the lead concerns.

There were three conclusions the report did make clear; the cape wants a deployed shark mitigation system in the water by next spring, it needs to be a technical solution in practice and the 100% guarantee voiced by Outer Towns by any one or all systems combined, will not be achieved, period.

Nets, walls, drones, air surveillance, Kelp Fencing, seal birth control and Culling have been mechanically and by way of MMPA protections “drowned”. The only 100% in this conversation, is that without more research development & funding involved, there will be 110% more interactions between Humans and Great Whites.

We need the Next Step, “The Technologies” are our hopeful saviors. There has been a recent allocation of state funding in the amount of $195,000. My suggestion for the Next Step, The Woods Hole Group narrows the Technological Mitigation Candidates down the The Final 4. The finalists will be granted $50,000 each to continue research & development and report back to the Woods Hole Group with their findings in 90 days.

The findings will illustrate cost and performance issues already stated in this article. The towns will have 4 options as to the deployment of 1 or any combinations of the 4, by early spring. Most likely, decisions based on budget and geographical constraints. I could see a town deploying all 4 Prototypes or uniting with other towns to deploy 1 of each per town and collect all data for final decision deployment, for the upcoming summer months.

This program needs to be implemented immediately, the research teams must travel farther for Great White Shark behavior results, they are migrating.

I, Willy Planinshek and my partner Kevin McCarthy own Deep Blue LLC.  and founded  M.A.D.S. (Marine Acoustic Deterrent Systems) are candidates. Deep Blue is the only system that recognizes seals as the problem and addresses they are also part of the solution. Should our system be selected in the final 4, our system is the only “PROACTIVE” technology (INVISIBLE FENCE) submitted.

Clearly a “NEXT STEP” needs to be implemented by way of The Cape funding the R&D for Technologies “Sculptured Technology” to mitigate this existential crisis.

Willy Planinshek – Yarmouthport 


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