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What: Town hall informational meeting on a planned shark-encounter tour operation to launch three miles off Maunalua Bay Why: Area representatives and community groups will address public safety, operating procedures and impact on marine life. Full Story
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kls

Honolulu, HI

#1 Apr 14, 2009
what are you worried about? no one is coming here anyway. until the homeless squatters are cleared out of oahu and the beaches restored, the parks restored...kiss tourism GOODBYE
p.s. do you really think anyone cares?
What the Heaven

Honolulu, HI

#2 Apr 14, 2009
Come on you wimps. Dump the cage and man up. Sharks gotta eat to you know.
R U Kidding

Kaneohe, HI

#3 Apr 14, 2009
Why anybody would want to open in a business in Hawaii after the upcoming tax increases and seeing the way companies are treated here is beyond me.
Good luck!
Palu Palu

United States

#4 Apr 14, 2009
Who uses what water 3 miles offshore? Divers in 800 feet? Kayaks should not be there as well. If there are no Galapagos sharks there then the business will fail. Didn't Atlantis feed fish fronting Waikiki at one time or another? You people act like you own the entire ocean because you play along the shore. So the Haleiwa site attracted a white shark. What happened?

The established North Shore shark encounters will be opposed as this will take away some of their business. But the biggest surprise is the media. It appears you trying to sink the project before it gets off the ground.



What the Heaven

Honolulu, HI

#5 Apr 14, 2009
I hate canned tours. If you want to be an adverturer do it mano a mano. Otherwise, stay by your hotel swimming pool and tangle with the rubber duckies.
s dogood

Wahiawa, HI

#6 Apr 14, 2009
It's a no-brainer that if you feed them, they will come...and stay....and expect "food" everytime they hear a boat, whether it's a fishing boat or a dive boat or a tour boat. I personally don't want to be considered their "food" when I'm swimming or diving out there. Do you???
chris

Honolulu, HI

#7 Apr 14, 2009
I suggest having shark tours, without throwing the blood and guts in the water (that's called littering).

If you can't attract sharks without polluting the ocean with blood and guts, then I guess it wasn't meant to be.

Perhaps Iolani can use his own blood to attract the sharks. Then he can use all the money he makes for a transfusion. Of course he'll need all his "guts" in order to deal with all the tree huggers out to get him.

One thing... three miles out is a 45 minute swim for a good swimmer. A shark could cover that distance in 5 or 10 minutes. In other words... 3 miles isn't NEARLY far enough.
Surfbot

Mililani, HI

#8 Apr 14, 2009
The Haleiwa shark tours are less than three miles off shore. The DLNR or whoever regulates and enforces the rules needs to take accurate gps measurements of the distance, not merely accepting the word of the operators.
These tours are not a good idea, putting us, the local everyday users of the ocean at risk. You know what they say, "don't feed the bears".
Willie magnum 44

Wahiawa, HI

#9 Apr 14, 2009
Why don't they move the operation down to the Northshore so that there will be competition. It will be good for businese and a good possibility that rates could be lowered. Also, more choice of vendors for the patrons interested in the tour.
ithink

Wahiawa, HI

#10 Apr 14, 2009
Naughton, you're misinformed. There was only one crab fisherman long time ago. Crab fishing is seasonal, pots were spread out along the whole north shore coast and he didn't palu to catch crab. Discarded bait was only bones if anything. Nothing like what is going on now. They did not advantage of an existing condition, they have created their own. Its not difficult to condition any living creature.

Holland, it not always about money. The sharks that are brought to the site do travel, very quickly....they don't just stay in one place.

This kind of stupid enterprise has been owtlawed in other states and countries. If you lived elsewhere, would you feed the top predators in your backyard? Leave the animals alone, it's not a circus.

Oh, well, maybe the sharks will feed on the turtles, which will allow the limu to grow on the reefs and bring back the reef fish. Let's make Hawaii known for shark infested waters and help tourism.
bansharkchumming

Pearl City, HI

#11 Apr 14, 2009
shark chumming makes no sense

time to look at prohibiting such operations from our shores, and don't let the guy smugly hide behind jurisdiction

offshore gambling is already banned
manini

Honolulu, HI

#12 Apr 14, 2009
When the two companies operating on the Northshore first began operations, they were well within the 3 mile limit. They really didn't care. It was all about the money. It still is.
On rough days, they can't go 3 miles out even if they wanted to. The bulk of their passengers couldn't handle it. So they cheat. There's no one to check on them. And shorter distances to travel means more trips per day.
Not only that, Haleiwa and many other harbors were set up as a recreational use harbors and not to accomodate commercial activity. That probably got changed in pursuit of the almighty dollar but it should be changed back to recreational use only. DLNR should get the shark tours, charter fishing boat operations, dive boat operations jet ski operations, sailboat charter operatiions, commercial fishing boat operations and any other commercial activity out of these harbors. And along the way that would eliminate the shark tour operators which are endangering public safety.
feet in the water

AOL

#13 Apr 14, 2009
There have been some stupid proposals put forward that were really designed to promote the financial interests of a few, but this latest one,‘encounter with the sharks’, has to rank amongst the top. It is not only stupid, it is unnecessary, dangerous to our community and to the hundreds of people who enjoy the water for harmless recreation such as surfing, canoeing, wind surfing and other activities. And for what purpose? For the thrill of a handful of adrenaline junkies? Not really. The aim is a financial gain for a few, irrespective of the havoc and chaos that such a new ‘attraction’ will create.

Would the visitor industry benefit from it? It will not. Visitors don’t come to our islands for the thrill of seeing sharks roaming around a cage waiting for a bite to be thrown at them. Visitors come to Hawaii for the beauty of our coast lines,(what’s left of them) the warmth of our climate and the hospitality of our people.

To allow such unnatural activity to take place here in East Oahu will disrupt the way of life of its residents and will create traffic and parking problems. Dead fish or meat will probably be used as bait for the sharks and will be left stored somewhere in the Marina overnight, thus attracting rodents and other vermin, perhaps posing a health hazard and creating a foul smell.

But the most dangerous part is that the sharks will quickly learn where the food came from, they will convey to our East Oahu waters in droves and they will instinctively figure out that the boat is “a food supply” and they will follow it to port and then swim around patiently waiting for the next day.

Rest assured that we will be told by the interested parties that there are no risks, the sharks will never follow the boat close to shore, that at night they will go back to the deep water and return punctually the following day for their daily meal and ready to entertain a few dozen thrill seekers.

We will probably be told that this will help researchers to better understand the way sharks live and behave. The fact is, sharks have been around for millions of years and they managed very well without human interference.

You know that what we are told by these operators is plain nonsense. Sharks are opportunistic predators (it appears that some humans are too) and go where food is provided without them having to make the effort.

This is too dangerous for the people that enjoy the water as a family or individual recreation and we should say NO to this “opportunistic and cynical” idea.
Not to Worry

United States

#14 Apr 14, 2009
"But the most dangerous part is that the sharks will quickly learn where the food came from, they will convey to our East Oahu waters in droves and they will instinctively figure out that the boat is “a food supply” and they will follow it to port and then swim around patiently waiting for the next day."

Oh my gosh, the sharks will be showing up in the aisles of Safeway!
Give me a break. How many shark bites have there been in Haleiwa sade? ZERO! It's a non-issues. And what a shock...the proprieter of a North Shore shark encounter opposes a south shore opperation (competition). Please! As for the swimmers...how often do you swim 3 miles from shore? Thought so. Come on folks, don't we have real issues to be concerned about here? Hawaii is going down the tubes! We're taxed to our okoles! We're about to get the "Train to Nowhere," and our legislators have no idea how to do their jobs. Focus on real issues, people.
alice

Pahoa, HI

#15 Apr 14, 2009
Sharks don;'t attract tourist business hon
j-roc

Kaneohe, HI

#16 Apr 14, 2009
Palu Palu wrote:
Who uses what water 3 miles offshore? Divers in 800 feet? Kayaks should not be there as well. If there are no Galapagos sharks there then the business will fail. Didn't Atlantis feed fish fronting Waikiki at one time or another? You people act like you own the entire ocean because you play along the shore. So the Haleiwa site attracted a white shark. What happened?
The established North Shore shark encounters will be opposed as this will take away some of their business. But the biggest surprise is the media. It appears you trying to sink the project before it gets off the ground.
Palu Palu,
I'm sorry for being rude brutha but you need to think before you type. It's not like the sharks understand the 3 miles rule and stay that far out. They will follow the boats back into the harbor making it very dangerous for all of the ocean users in the path of the boat. This is a very bad idea in Haleiwa, Hawaii Kai or wherever. Although you are right that this may be bad for the shark tour company, think of how bad it would be for the overall economy to bring tigers and possibly white sharks closer to the south/east shores. How good you think it will be for tourism and the water sports industries (paddling, surfing, kayaking, boating, etc) should big shark sightings and attacks increase on the south/east shores. Sorry brah, but you way off base. As far as the media goes, yeah I agree they have agendas but in this case I'm glad they bringing this to everybody's attention.
bluemoki

Seattle, WA

#17 Apr 14, 2009
As a former NOAA employee Mr. Naughton should know that it is illegal to chum for sharks, not only in State waters, but also in Federal waters known as the EEZ, which extends out 200 miles. The Magnusen-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Managment Act was amended in January 2007 to include this prohibition on chumming for sharks in Hawaii, unless you are actually fishing for sharks it is illegal anywhere in Hawaiian waters. The North Shore tour operators had to give up their chumming practice but still are able to use the crab fishers to lure the sharks in.
109-479
SEC. 317. SHARK FEEDING. 16 U.S.C. 1866
Except to the extent determined by the Secretary, or under State law, as presenting no public
health hazard or safety risk, or when conducted as part of a research program funded in whole
or in part by appropriated funds, it is unlawful to introduce, or attempt to introduce, food or any
other substance into the water to attract sharks for any purpose other than to harvest sharks
within the Exclusive Economic Zone seaward of the State of Hawaii and of the
Commonwealths, territories, and possessions of the United States in the Pacific Ocean Area.
http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/sustainablefisheries...
LauLau

AOL

#18 Apr 14, 2009
Avaricious!!!!!!!!
Dman

Koloa, HI

#19 Apr 14, 2009
Great post. Feeding sharks for money sounds like a 3rd world country, oh thats right we are a 3rd world country.
ithink wrote:
Naughton, you're misinformed. There was only one crab fisherman long time ago. Crab fishing is seasonal, pots were spread out along the whole north shore coast and he didn't palu to catch crab. Discarded bait was only bones if anything. Nothing like what is going on now. They did not advantage of an existing condition, they have created their own. Its not difficult to condition any living creature.
Holland, it not always about money. The sharks that are brought to the site do travel, very quickly....they don't just stay in one place.
This kind of stupid enterprise has been owtlawed in other states and countries. If you lived elsewhere, would you feed the top predators in your backyard? Leave the animals alone, it's not a circus.
Oh, well, maybe the sharks will feed on the turtles, which will allow the limu to grow on the reefs and bring back the reef fish. Let's make Hawaii known for shark infested waters and help tourism.
bluemoki

Seattle, WA

#20 Apr 14, 2009
If these photos were actually taken in 2008 as the credits say, then the "shark wranglers" are breaking the law. State and Federal law enforcement need to crack down on this practice. The companies know there is no one on the water enforcing the law.

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