Wednesday, July 24, 2024

DEMA Opposes Proposed Shark Feeding Ban


DEMA is opposing a NOAA proposal to ban shark feeding in the US in its latest Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Restoration Blueprint.

While this may seem a laudable environmental cause at first glance, it is not since NOAA has an exception to its proposed ban. If you are going to feed sharks or other fish in order to kill them (harvest), that is okay! This proposed legislation will kill off any shark-feeding dive operations in federal waters and is opposed by DEMA.

DEMA urges divers to support its opposition to this legislation and its negative effects on dive operators and the general public. You can publicly comment at the following forum.

  • October 18: Marathon, Florida, at the Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting at 09:00 hrs.

You can also submit your comments and objections by mail at the address below:

Restoration Blueprint Public Comment
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
33 East Quay Road
Key West, FL 33040

You can find the new NOAA blueprint here.

You can find out more information and post your electronic comments 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