Wednesday, May 31, 2023

DEMA Opposes Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Shark Feeding Ban


DEMA has announced that it is opposing moves by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to ban the feeding of sharks in the federal waters of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

While the move seems initially well-intended and aims to ban fishermen from using “chum” to attract sharks and then capture them, a closer look reveals other considerations. DEMA argues that by imposing a blanket ban on all shark feeding activities, tour operators who use chum to attract sharks for recreational divers to photograph them would suffer a severe economic impact.

As part of its argument, DEMA submitted research highlighting the minimal environmental and safety impact that “provisioning ecotourism” has on the species. DEMA cited several research sources as well as highlighting a paper offering a better, more sustainable solution.

You can find out more here, or email the FWC with your concerns here.
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for