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DEMA Responds to Video of Live Shark Being Dragged & Killed Behind Boat

Friday, August 11, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Many have seen a disturbing video recently posted on YouTube by Florida fishermen showing a live shark, tied by the tail and being dragged at a high rate of speed behind a boat, resulting in the shark's death. The video was picked up and posted online by USA Today.

This is a cruel treatment of any animal, and members of the diving community are appalled by such behavior by members of the fishing public, who must be licensed to fish in Florida waters by Florida's Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC).

DEMA recently sent out an Industry Alert asking Members to write to the FWC and express their concerns about the video and on August 8th, DEMA submitted a letter to the Governor as well to reinforce that this kind of behavior should not be tolerated.

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