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Keep the sharks in Cape Cod Water

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'MA Commissioner Ron Beaty is looking to deploy baited drum lines with hooks near popular beaches in Massachusetts in the hopes of catching great white sharks — a protocol that he says has been successfully implemented in South Africa and Australia. Large sharks found hooked but still alive would be shot, he said, and their bodies would be discarded at sea.'

" '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 said, although he didn’t cite any statistics.

'If we react to a child or a person being killed or maimed for life, by then it’d be shame on us for not having at least thought of a strategy or tried to do something.' 

'Until this year, the last attack on a person in Massachusetts was in 2012 on a swimmer off Truro, and the last fatal attack on a person in the Bay State was in 1936 in the waters off Mattapoisett,' said Greg Skomal, a state Division of Marine Fisheries biologist.

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