Shark feeding

Contributing to the objectification of the public debate

Shark watching contributes millions of dollars to local and regional economies, but the use of bait by tour operators to attract sharks to specific sites is controversial. One particularly important aspect of the Bull Shark Tagging Programme is the investigation of shark behaviour as a response to a tourist shark feeding dive in the Shark Reef Marine Reserve. An exhaustive database containing information from ~1000 dives is used to answer questions pertaining to the shark diving industry, mainly the effects of the shark diving operators’ activities on the animals and the optimum procedures one ought to adopt in order to ensure maximum safety.