Letter Writer Asserts "Serious Problems and Errors" in Shark Mitigation Study

from Kristian Sexton, Ph.D.

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Letter to the Editor:

This document has been written in order to bring to light a number of serious problems and errors associated with the recently released ·outer Cape Shark Mitigation Alternative Analysis Report" herein referred to as the Woods Hole Report.

The section of the Woods Hole Report focused on visual observation has been thoroughly reviewed along with all primary sources. The problems associated with this section are so severe as to bring into question the validity of the entire report. The Woods Hole Report has severely misrepresented the potential of visual observation as a means of shark detection at Cape Cod beaches.

This document provides a detailed analysis of Section 5.2 (Visual Observation} as well as a bulleted list of some of its most critical problems. It also contains a detailed analysis of the discussions related to Section 5.2 (Visual Observation} that took place at the October 17, 2019
meeting at Nauset High School. Comments related to permitting and costs are also included.

This effort has been for the sole purpose of making these problems clear to any interested parties. This analysis is not meant to endorse any particular approach or suggest any particular course of action.

[Read the full document here]

Thank you,
Kristian Sexton, PhD
Wellfleet, MA

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