Chatham: The presence of sharks and tagging of 20 ft great white closes Lighthouse Beach
LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS & SWIMMERS
1:00 p.m. E.S.T. September 13, 2012
Note by SYM: Please see also the related previous notice from August 29. Chatham: East-facing Ocean Beaches closed due to white shark activity
Effective immediately, by order of the Harbormaster, Lighthouse Beach is closed to swimming until further notice. Yesterday the Division of Marine Fisheries and Chatham Harbormaster personnel checked the receiver buoys located on Chatham Harbor buoys number 2 and 4 which are directly east of Lighthouse Beach in Chatham and have confirmed the presence of great white sharks within the harbor on August 30 and September 9, 2012. Additionally, this morning Division of Marine Fisheries personnel tagged an estimated 20’ great white shark leaving Chatham Harbor.
Given these latest reported developments, in addition to Lighthouse Beach, all east facing ocean beaches remain closed from the Orleans/Chatham line south along Nauset Beach to Monomoy until further notice.
All other public beaches remain open to swimming, including Hardings Beach, Ridgevale Beach, Cockle Cove Beach, Forest Street Beach and Pleasant Street Beach along Nantucket Sound. People should be aware of their surroundings and not swim within 300 feet of seals. If a shark is sighted, please report sighting to the Harbormaster’s office as listed below.
Media inquiries should be directed to the Dept. of Energy & Environmental Affairs at – (617) 626- 1052 – Reggie Zimmerman
Harbormaster — (508) 945-5185 (for shark sighting reports)
Parks & Recreation – (508) 945-5158 (for swimming and beach information)
Thank you for your attention.
Dan Tobin, Director of Parks & Recreation
Stuart Smith, Harbormaster