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Handling Animals w/out Care nor Knowledge
Recently, many irresponsible recreational dive operators and inexperienced guides are enticing closer encounters with tiger sharks by using food. This is UNLAWFUL and detrimental to the public and sharks. Feeding sharks does not alter the food dependency of the shark but changes its behavior to associate people with food. This can lead to adverse interactions in an area popularly visited by families and various ocean enthusiasts.
HAWAII STATE LAW [§188-40.6] Shark feeding; prohibitions; exceptions; penalties.
(a) Except as provided in subsection (b), or as otherwise provided by law, it shall be unlawful for any person to conduct any activity related to the feeding of sharks in state marine waters.
(b) Persons may engage in the feeding of sharks for traditional Hawaiian cultural or religious practices; provided that the feeding is not part of a commercial activity.
(c) Persons engaged in the taking of marine life that results in captured, injured, or dead fish being incidentally eaten by sharks shall not be considered in violation of this section; provided that the purpose of the taking of marine life is not the feeding of sharks.
(d) The department may issue permits to engage in activities otherwise prohibited by law, in accordance with section 187A-6, or as may be otherwise authorized by law.
(e) As used in this section:
"Commercial activity" means to engage in any action or to attempt to engage in any action for compensation in any form. The action or actions may include, but are not limited to, providing, or attempting to provide, guide services, charters, tours, and transportation to and from the location or locations for which such services are provided.
"Compensation" means money, barter, trade, credit, and other instruments of value, goods, and other forms of payment.
"Feeding" means the introduction of or an attempt to introduce any food or other substance into the water to attract marine life for any purpose other than to take the marine life. [L 2002, c 127, §2]