Cage-diving tours found not to increa...

Cage-diving tours found not to increase shark risk - Hawaii News

There are 36 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from May 15, 2009, titled Cage-diving tours found not to increase shark risk - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

There is no scientific evidence that Oahu North Shore cage-diving tours increase shark attack risk for recreational ocean users in near-shore waters, a two-year study of shark behavior concluded.

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huh

San Diego, CA

#1 May 15, 2009
Meyer said the sharks appear to respond only to the tour boats and not to other boats.

and just why would they do that?
manini

Kapaau, HI

#4 May 15, 2009
All we really need to know is that Hawaii law says no chumming in state waters and federal law says no chumming in federal waters. So there really is nothing to discuss except when are the responsbile agencies going to step up and start enforcing the laws.
Bringing in paid experts is simply a misdirection play, focusing attention on blurry facts rather than the fact that these operators are breaking the law. Shut them down already.
Kai

Kahului, HI

#5 May 15, 2009
Data is data and facts are facts. Better to base policy on something of substance than on the uninformed opinions and rants of ignorant arm chair bloggers. No one is perfect but I'll take an expert's recommendation in their field over some layman's with a political motive. No amount of scientific data will sway their opinion.
Kuokoa

Ocala, FL

#6 May 15, 2009
Kai wrote:
Data is data and facts are facts. Better to base policy on something of substance than on the uninformed opinions and rants of ignorant arm chair bloggers. No one is perfect but I'll take an expert's recommendation in their field over some layman's with a political motive. No amount of scientific data will sway their opinion.
And you believe all that scientiest tell you? What about the observations of many? Isn't that what scientists do? So these so called "lay people" are not scientists but they do exactly what scientiests do, observe?
I believe that the experts are those who have the day-to-day experience, not those who get knowledge from books.
Makena

Sarasota, FL

#7 May 15, 2009
Pretty amazing those scientists managed to tag 36 sharks and monitor them for two years just by reading books (see Adverstiser's story).

If you want to ban it, ban it. Just don't do it based on the idea that there's any factual evidence supporting you.

Tiger sharks bite people in Hawaii. Tiger sharks are not the ones coming around the shark tours. Sorry people. Dems da facts!
Mano

Honolulu, HI

#8 May 15, 2009
Start the tours!
Hono Joe

Honolulu, HI

#9 May 15, 2009
ENVIRON"MENTALISTS" enough said!!!
makalapatomaui

Honolulu, HI

#10 May 15, 2009
Is this a joke? Sharks responding only to tour boats? This activity should be banned from any waters within the State of Hawaii. If it is not banned then the community should rise up and boycott and picket these greedy stupid people. I cannot beleive anyone from here would participate in this kind of business.
HawaiiFirst

Ewa Beach, HI

#11 May 15, 2009
A relative of mine used to pull white crab traps in Haleiwa. Once in a while I'd go with them. Often, but not always, sharks appeared as we stopped to pull the trap. After a few years of observing them from the safety of the boat, we began swimming with them with just a small wooden stick when the conditions were right (none of the sharks had stripes or were overly large and white). Nothing bad happened. After many encounters such as this, I can tell you - you CAN swim with the sharks and live to tell the tale. The experience was extremely educational on a very basic level. Do not fear/hate/judge others because of what you heard, think, read, saw on the news. After leaving the sharks realm and re-entering mans territory, I always had a smile on my face and had gained more respect for na 'aumakua as they allowed me into their realm. I am qualified to say that polynesians have been feeding sharks since there were polynesians.

"Frangelico Rules"
Haleiwa Girl

Lanai City, HI

#13 May 15, 2009
Alot of use in Haleiwa support the shark tours. They have done so much for the community. They are not hurting anything!!!!
Ted Nugent Nation

Honolulu, HI

#14 May 15, 2009
Funny, the homeless in Kapiolani park start to swarm when the white outreach minivan pulls up with free meals each evening. I'd like to ban that, too.
freediver

Lanai City, HI

#15 May 15, 2009
How come the people of Haleiwa are not complaining???? Why is HawaiiKai telling Haleiwa what to do?? The shark tour people are not hurting anyone and have not for years!!
Waterbaby

Ewa Beach, HI

#16 May 15, 2009
Reply to " Incomplete" It sure is. No mention was made of the state sponsored bounty on sharks effectuated in the 70's -'90's where local fisherman were paid for each right shark pectoral fin turned in (I think it was $25 at first and there was a smattering of protests). No positive public benefit has been attributed to this program other than calming the fears of a few. It did not prevent the rash of shark incidents that occurred prior to the existence of shark tours. Some ocean theorists opine that increased near shore incursions by Tiger sharks (the main culprit) is due in part to the increased numbers of one of its favorite food sources- green sea turtles.
No mention of offshore ocean currents or other pertinent facts.
Anela

Lanai City, HI

#17 May 15, 2009
Lets move on can't we all just get along the shark tours are best thing going!!!!
shark fisherman

Lanai City, HI

#18 May 15, 2009
Ok let me get this straight i can chum sharks up in state waters and catch them but i can not view sharks?????? Is there something wrong with this??? "lets go fishing"
Malama Hawaii

Kahului, HI

#19 May 15, 2009
The only thing we can safely assume from these scientific experts is that they have a financial stake in the shark tour companies. A few weeks ago there was a show on either Animal Planet or Natl Geographic that did a study of lemon shark feeding. These scientists threw blood, fish, turkeys and all kinds of other things into the water to see if the lemon sharks would eat it. The last thing they threw in the water was a mannequin that was quickly ripped to shreds by the lemon sharks. It was concluded that the reason the mannequin was ripped to shreds was because the sharks began associating things thrown from boats as food. You can make your own conclusions as to what could happen with the sharks that have been fed and conditioned by the shark tour operators...
American Patriot

Honolulu, HI

#20 May 15, 2009
This acticle makes sense...so what is the real reason the residents were against this new business? Are they just plain ignorant? Stupid? Anti-business? What? From what I observed...there always seems to be enough people who complain about anything new in Hawaii...and often they win. And the rest of us lose.
Who Me

Ewa Beach, HI

#21 May 15, 2009
Maybe we should we ban all things thrown from a boat that may condition or attract sharks?
American Patriot

Honolulu, HI

#23 May 15, 2009
huh wrote:
Meyer said the sharks appear to respond only to the tour boats and not to other boats.
and just why would they do that?
They are Hams who just want their pictures taken. Duh!
alice

Kahului, HI

#24 May 15, 2009
too many land sharks here

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