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Massachusetts Institutes Regulations to Stop Beachgoers from Egging On Great White Sharks

posted: 06/05/15
by: Danny Clemens
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The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries this week announced new regulations intended to decrease interactions between humans and great white sharks, for both the safety of the public and the well-being of the sharks.

According to the June 4 advisory, "persons are prohibited from attracting or capturing a white shark within the waters under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth without having been issued a 'white shark special permit'".

Without proper permission from the government, beachgoers will be unable to participate in cage diving, shark chumming, decoy towing, baiting, tagging or any other activity designed to attract sharks. The regulations do not, however, apply to individuals engaged in other recreational fishing or boating activities.

Click here to read the full statement from the Division of Marine Fisheries

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