DEMA Fights for Divers' Feeding Rights in Florida

“SAN DIEGO – On September 21, 2001 the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) singled out scuba divers and snorkelers in Florida by issuing the second proposed rule banning any form of marine life feeding. A final decision on the ruling will be made on November 1, 2001 at the FWC meeting in Key Largo, Florida. Before this ruling is passed, it is the intent of the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) to rally the entire scuba diving community, with emphasis in the state of Florida, and draw attention to the consequences of such a ruling, according to Regina Franklin, executive director of DEMA.

“”Our goal is to make the entire industry aware of, not only the unjust nature of this ruling and its lack of factual support, but what it means to the future of diving