Regulations for Feeding Fish, Shark, or other Marine Species

Feeding fish, sharks, or other marine species while diving or snorkeling is prohibited.  It is also prohibited to operate a boat that is hired to carry passengers to any area within state waters to feed marine species or view marine species feeding.  These regulations were developed because of concerns about the

  • safety of divers, surfers, and swimmers
  • feeding of marine species in multiple-use areas, and
  • effects of concentrating and training sharks to associate humans with food

"Chumming" or feeding fish for the purpose of harvesting marine species as otherwise allowed by FWC rules is permitted.



FWC Facts:
Biologists estimate 10,000-14,000 sturgeon live in the Suwannee River. Adult populations in other Gulf Coast rivers range from a few hundred to about 2,000.

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