To the editor:
We have hundreds of menacing great white sharks patrolling the shores of Cape Cod, brought here by tens of thousands of seals that have nearly depleted the fish stocks of our region.
Because of the serious nature of this problem, the month of August has been declared “Seal and Shark Awareness Month” on Cape Cod.
Through this vehicle, it is my belief that the proclamation recently issued by the county commissioners will provide a springboard to disseminate information to the media and the general public; incentivize elected officials at the local, state and federal level to proactively address this public health and safety issue in our region; bring together respective concerned community groups toward the common goal of public health and safety; and help promote public health and safety through education and proactive long-term solutions.
Moreover, it will provide an umbrella for towns, non-profits and media to do things like provide helpful information to avoid being a victim.
Finally, it is my contention that through public awareness, this measure will help to facilitate public safety via a regional approach, which is essential because the situation involving the sharks and seals concerns all of Cape Cod, not just one segment of it.
Barnstable County Commissioner