CHATHAM (CBS) – The town of Chatham may use nets to keep sharks and seals away from a local beach.

The chairman of the Chatham Board of Selectmen, Dean Nicastro, tells WBZ-TV that the board has not voted to endorse netting yet, but members have requested that the town manager look into the idea and report back.

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Specifically, the town will study whether a net or other impediment to sharks and seals is feasible at Oyster Pond beach.

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The popular swimming spot is not on the coast but is fed by the ocean. Chatham is also looking at implementing a fine for feeding seals in town.

The number of seals in local waters has exploded, and there have been calls to cull the population.

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Massachusetts saw its first fatal shark attack in decades when a shark bit 26-year-old Arthur Medici in September. A 61-year-old survived a shark attack in Truro in August.