'Chum to view' better than 'chum to kill' - Hawaii Editorials

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Did you know that right now it is legal to chum for sharks in Hawaii waters - so long as you are doing it to kill them? With all the buzz right now to ban shark "viewing" operations in Hawaii, I'm curious why no one is talking about banning shark "killing" operations.
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1 - 15 of 15 Comments Last updated Nov 22, 2009
wacos202

Honolulu, HI

#1 Oct 7, 2009
The only good shark is a dead shark.
Flexo

Keauhou, HI

#2 Oct 7, 2009
If we wanted to control the shark fishing industry we could include this language. And there are already other laws that regulate that industry.
But right now they are looking to control the shark tour operators which are conducting their business nearer to shore. Therefore it is justifiable to make the language fit the problem.
Kam

Kaunakakai, HI

#3 Oct 7, 2009
Another local business will be killed in the name of enviromental wackos.
Shibai

United States

#4 Oct 7, 2009
Okay, we banned the shark tours because we were worried about people getting injured, although no one has EVER been injured in or around one of the tours. Why, then, aren't we banning all boating in Moanaloa Bay? Numerous people have been killed there (the most recent was just this past weekend) due to boating accidents. If we are truely concerned about safety, why do we ban an activity that has a perfect safety record, but continue another that has obviously killed many people? Something is fishy...
Ma no Problem

United States

#5 Oct 7, 2009
The real problem is the BS being promoted by certain groups about things being sacred..such as sharks. Shark tours are conducted over 3 miles from shore and not where swimmers frequent. When I'm bothered by fish stealing sharks at the FADS I use a 300# test wire leader baited hook and line attached to a 30 ft 300 # test line tied to a burlap sack with about 25 # of rocks. The shark who bites it will follow the sack of rocks down to it's death. One less shark to view.
alice

Hanalei, HI

#6 Oct 7, 2009
too many male sharks on this island
Kawailoa

Honolulu, HI

#7 Oct 7, 2009
I am really curious as to what kind of operation the author is referring to as "shark killing operations" that chum for shark. As far as I am aware, there are no shark fishing operations that operate in the same kinds of areas as tours. The sport fishing community in Hawaii doesn't value catching shark for game - there's a whole lot better stuff to catch and eat. Foreign fishermen that catch shark for fins miles out in US waters are being increasingly scrutinized and are about to be regulated out of the picture. Finning is already illegal. It really appears as if he is interchanging the term "chumming" with the the activity of fishermen using bait on hooks (fishing). I would not be surprised.
Local Mama

Kamuela, HI

#8 Oct 7, 2009
Charles Djou is no mental giant folks. He is not worthy of national exposure in Congress. Heck, he might be one of those idiot from the GOP who go on TV to embarrass himself as well as our state.

Since: Feb 08

Kaneohe, Hawaii

#9 Oct 7, 2009
This claim that it is disrespectful to look at a shark is maddening and part of a slippery slope. What's going to be on the list next?

Using Hawaiian religious appreciations to craft law seems like the government promotion one religious belief over the other. Isn't that not supposed to happen?
Ban Shark Tours

Brooklyn, NY

#10 Oct 7, 2009
Does anyone think it is a smart idea to PROMOTE shark tours and feeding of sharks? I mean come on, Hawaii is all about the ocean and tourist's why would you RISK a jaws type of hype, To make a few bucks?
haole boy

United States

#11 Oct 7, 2009
Is it their natural habitat when feeding on chum?
haole boy

United States

#12 Oct 7, 2009
Is it their natural habitat when feeding on chum??
CMK

Honolulu, HI

#13 Oct 7, 2009
Environmental hysteria and pandering to native culture is ignorant and condescending. Chummed sharks do not behave naturally, natural territorial imperatives are suspended for the free eats. The most dangerous shark in Hawaii is the tiger shark, the top of the ocean predators. When the tiger comes around all those nice black tips, galapagos and nurse sharks get scarce.

This silliness should stop, these big island folks banned the take of Manta Rays in Kona. Nobody fishes for Manta rays. So, why ban the take? To protect the manta ray adventure dives, someone's commercial enterprise is protected.

How does any of this really protect biodiversity? Manta Rays, banning shark chumming, swimming with animals? You do it anyway, you know, swim with dangerous animals, every time you go in the water.
sharkboy

Singapore, Singapore

#14 Nov 22, 2009
sharks are sharks
croaqui

Kailua Kona, HI

#15 Nov 22, 2009
CMK wrote:
Environmental hysteria and pandering to native culture is ignorant and condescending. Chummed sharks do not behave naturally, natural territorial imperatives are suspended for the free eats. The most dangerous shark in Hawaii is the tiger shark, the top of the ocean predators. When the tiger comes around all those nice black tips, galapagos and nurse sharks get scarce.
This silliness should stop, these big island folks banned the take of Manta Rays in Kona. Nobody fishes for Manta rays. So, why ban the take? To protect the manta ray adventure dives, someone's commercial enterprise is protected.
How does any of this really protect biodiversity? Manta Rays, banning shark chumming, swimming with animals? You do it anyway, you know, swim with dangerous animals, every time you go in the water.
I totally agree. I am proposing a coqui sanctuary in Hawaii Kai to bring tourists who love this little animal.

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