Florida Shark Feeding Ban is Final…Maybe

Date: 1/2/2002

The feeding of sharks and other marine life by divers was banned by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on November 1. Commissioner Julie Morris led the ban by saying, “For me, this is not about whether feeding marine life creates human health and safety issues. It’s very clear that it alters marine life behaviour, and I believe that it’s damaging to Florida’s marine life.”

Nevertheless, the dive industry has filed two lawsuits to stop the rule from taking effect, arguing that the FFWCC had no scientific basis for the ban. FFWCC general counsel Jim Antista, however, expressed confidence that the suits would be dismissed.

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