Florida Prepared To Ban ‘Chumming’ Waters Statewide Off Beaches To Lure Sharks

By  //  February 20, 2019

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If approved, regulation goes into effect July 1

ABOVE VIDEO:  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Comity (FWC) could vote on a statewide ban on Wednesday for “chumming” near the shore to lure sharks.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA (FOX NEWS) – Florida is expected later this month to approve a statewide ban on a common practice used by fishermen that involves dumping bloody fish guts off its shoreline to lure sharks.

The proposal is set for a final public hearing in Gainsville of the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. It’s staff has already recommended approving the ban, reported Fresh Take Florida, a news service based at the University of Florida.

“Personally, I would strongly prefer to not be in the water where folks are ringing the dinner bell for the ocean’s ultimate predator,” said Debbie Salamone. In 2014, Salamone had her Achilles tendon was severed by a shark off the Cape Canaveral National Seashore.

The practice – known as “chumming” – is a technique often used to lure sharks to an area and involves scattering blood, oil and pieces of ground up fish in the water.

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