Florida is expected to approve by the end of the month a state-wide ban on a common practice used by fishermen that is to dump blood-streaked fish from its shoreline. to attract sharks.
The proposal is scheduled for a final public hearing in Gainsville of the state's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Its staff has already recommended approving the ban, reported Fresh Take Florida, a news service based at the University of Florida.
"Personally, I would very much prefer not to be in the water, where people are ringing dinner time for the ultimate predator of the ocean," Debbie Salamone said. In 2014, Salamone was cut off the Achilles tendon by a shark off the Cape Canaveral National Seashore.
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The practice – known as "chumming" – is a technique often used to attract sharks to an area and involves dispersing blood, oil and pieces of ground fish in the water. The regulation would come into effect on July 1.
Some fishermen say the proposed rule threatens their long-standing traditions and penalizes anglers who can not or can not afford to catch sharks with boats, according to the press service.
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"I ask you to slightly respect your rules and your rights," wrote a fisherman to the commission. "The opportunity to enjoy the tradition of fishing, including shark fishing, should be affordable and accessible to all."
According to a scientist, catching sharks on beaches can damage them. It is not clear how to declare its willingness to enforce the ban on its 663 miles of shoreline.
Associated Press contributed to this report.