A Maui County Councilman has introduced a measure to ban shark tours off the county’s three islands, the Associated Press and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin report.
Wayne Nishiki of South Maui says the county has the power to ban shark tours by blocking business licenses for them. While no shark tours operate on Maui, Nishiki says he wants to make sure they don’t start.
Two companies take tourists to see sharks in waters off Oahu’s North Shore. The visitors jump into submersible cages to get an up close look at sharks. The tours attract sharks by throwing bloody fish bait into the water.
State and federal officials say feeding sharks in this manner is illegal, but the North Shore tour operators say they’re following the law.