HONOLULU, Sept. 17 (UPI) — Honolulu City Council members say a proposed ban on shark tours on the island of Oahu will help protect ocean users.
Council Member Charles Djou said his bill, which received preliminary approval from the council Wednesday, would target land-based shark tour offices by banning tour advertising and ticket sales, Honolulu’s KITV reported.
“This is something I don’t think should be going on in our waters here and so we need to put some teeth into the law,” Djou said.
Hawaii officials are concerned water recreation enthusiasts face an increased threat of shark attacks because the tours use bait to attract sharks.
Ohau is home to two shark tour businesses, including one operated by Joe Pavsek.
Pavsek told KITV his business does not attract dangerous sharks within three miles of land as per law.
“We had no increase in shark attacks on the north shore. We don’t attract tiger sharks. We attract Galapagos and sand bar sharks, which nobody in Hawaii has even heard about,” he said.
“They are in deep water and they stay in deep water.”
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