Bra I do think before I type.<quoted text>
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.
I saw videos years ago of huge tiger sharks swimming around a crab boat in Haleiwa. That's where they got the idea from in the first place.
They fed them and no one got eaten. While that boat was the slowest around, they didn't follow it back to the harbor. That theory is simply silly.
No records of increased attacks or sightings in 9 years now. People that are against the operators say "we see more sharks'. Do they? More than when? If there were more sharks wouldn't there be more attacks?
What the knowledgeable Haleiwa waterman who made the video understood, that most of us today do not, is we share the water with these animals every day. Those tiger sharks in the country, they are right there in the vicinity but rarely show up at the shark tour sites. Even when a White Shark stopped by, it never appeared again. I have to admit, when I saw the video of the white shark my concern was for the public beaches. It never happened. What did happen? More attacks on the Big island where there are no operators.
I do believe that DLNR needs to violate any operator with huge fines if they are not 3 miles off shore.
For now, let's keep theories, theories and fact.....fact.